Elon Musk becomes “Person Of The Year”: Who won the years before?

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta December 15, 2021
Updated 2021/12/15 at 2:05 PM

Every year the US American Time Magazine awards the title “Person Of The Year“. It is in 2021 Elon Musk. But why did it become the Tesla boss? And who won in previous years?

Elon Musk as “Person Of The Year”

Elon Musk is the richest person in the world, and not only leads Tesla, but also the private space company SpaceX. In the long article from Time magazine on “Person Of The Year” he is described as follows, among other things:

“He is the man who strives to save our planet and to get us a new one to inhabit: clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, showman, buddy; a crazy hybrid of Thomas Edison, PT Barnum, Andrew Carnegie and Watchmens Doctor Manhattan, the brooding, blue-skinned human god who invents electric cars and pulls them to Mars. “

Time Magazine

Elon Musk is “perhaps the best example of massive change in our society,” said Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal (via Tagesschau). He is committed to both the climate and more social justice. With Tesla, he put an entire industry in turmoil.

Who were the previous “Person Of The Year”?

In 1927 Time Magazine introduced the Man Of The Year selection. Since 2000, the US magazine has been generalizing in “Person Of The Year”. However, so far very few women have received the title.

Whoever receives the title has not inevitably contributed to making the world a better place. For example, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin were the people of 1938 and 1939, respectively. The point is that, in the opinion of the editors, one person has significantly changed or moved the world in a certain year. That can be in a good or a bad sense.

These people have become “Person Of The Year” over the past 20 years:

year person Who? Why? country
2021 Elon Musk Entrepreneur South Africa, USA
2020 Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Vice President and President of the United States USA
2019 Greta Thunberg Climate protection activist Sweden
2018 The Guardians and the War on Truth, including Jamal Kashoggi, Maria Ressa, Shahidul Alam, Alam Habani, Patricia Campos Mello, Victor Mallet, the editors of The Capital, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo . Guardians include journalists who have been charged, imprisoned or murdered for reporting. Global
2017 The Silence Breakers, represented by Isabel Pascual (pseudonym), Adam Iwu, Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Taylor Swift and an anonymous woman In response to #MeToo Global
2016 Donald Trump President of the United States USA
2015 Angela Merkel German Chancellor Germany
2014 Doctors in the fight against Ebola, represented by Kent Brantly (doctor & survivor), Jerry Brown (surgeon & clinic director), Foday Gallah (ambulance driver), Salome Karwah (Ebola survivor), Ella Watson-Stryker (doctors-without Border employee) From 2014 to 2016, the world’s worst Ebola fever epidemic to date was in West Africa West africa
2013 Pope Francis Pope Vatican City, Argentina
2012 Barack Obama President of the United States USA
2011 The protester In response to the global protest rallies Global
2010 Mark Zuckerberg Founder of Facebook USA
2009 Ben Bernanke President of the Federal Reserve Board (central banking system of the United States) USA
2008 Barack Obama President of the United States USA
2007 Wladimir Putin President of the Russian Federation Russia
2006 You. Yes, you. You control the information age. Welcome to your world (You. Yes, you. You influence the information age. Welcome to your world) In response to Web 2.0, the Internet is being shaped by everyone Global
2005 Bono
Bill Gates, Melinda Gates
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2004 George W. Bush President of the United States USA
2003 The American soldier Iraq war USA
2002 Cynthia Cooper, Sherron Watkins, Coleen Rowley Whistleblower USA
2001 Rudolph Giuliani Mayor of New York City USA
“Person Of The Year” for the past 20 years

Person Of The Year 2021, Elon Musk, is criticized by many people, but also greatly adored and admired by many. Do you want to know more about him? These are, for example, book recommendations that Elon Musk would give. Also, did you know that the billionaire is an anime fan? Elon Musk recommends these anime films.

Sources: Time Magazine, Tagesschau, own research

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