When you are at the helm of one of the largest tech companies in the globe, you can hardly be missing from the list of people who matter. And indeed it is no surprise that two tech industry protagonists like Tim Cook and Elon Musk have been entered by TIME , the most widespread weekly magazine in the world, in the selection of 100 most influential personalities of the 2021 .
Cook and Musk are therefore on a list that includes businessmen, yes, but also athletes, artists and political figures such as the current Prime Minister, Mario Draghi , the only Italian included (appears there for the third time). However, this is not a classification: no podiums and no positions, in general. The subdivision is, if anything, into categories: Cook was assigned to that of the “Titans”, Musk to that of the “Innovators”, and Draghi to that of the “Leaders”, where curiously both the former US president Donald Trump and the president appear. Joe Biden in office.
The reasons, in fact, as per the title. Those relating to our premier were handled by Janet Louise Yellen, Secretary of the United States Treasury, who fished out the famous “ whatever it takes “by Draghi when in 2012 proclaimed that the ECB (European Central Bank) was ready to do anything to save the Euro:
Draghi and the ECB contributed to stabilizing the European economy. I was at the Fed at the time and was especially grateful to have a partner like Mario on the other side of the Atlantic, someone with great experience and strong nerves. And now the United States is grateful to have Mario as a partner again, this time in the role of Italian Prime Minister.
Mario is leading Italy through the pandemic with a skilful hand, defending a rapid vaccination campaign and refreshment for businesses and workers.
Supported by a large allocation of EU funds, it has set in motion necessary and politically difficult policies to make the economy greener, reduce inequalities and advance with digitization “
Of the profile of Tim Cook instead Phil Knight, co-founder and president emeritus of Nike:
In 2005, when we first spoke with Tim Cook about the possibility of becoming a member of the Nike board of directors, we were hoping to add someone to the team who can make important decisions. to be a man of keen judgment, able to think tactically and strategically in an industry very different from his own. He also offered something very valuable that any leader in any field should have: wisdom.
Finally, of Elon Musk wrote Arianna Huffington, founder of Thrive Global, who underlines how the definition of “entrepreneur” for the tycoon is reductive co nsidering his creative exuberance and the ability to open up new challenges for all of humanity:
It is difficult to think of a person more difficult to summarize in 150 words of Elon Musk. After all, he is a man who has dedicated his life to free himself from limitations and constraints. And it is taking humanity with it.
The word entrepreneur does not do it justice.
Since co-founded and sold PayPal, the list of daring projects launched by Musk includes Tesla, SpaceX – which this year won a 2-year NASA contract. , 9 billion dollars to land astronauts on the moon -, and the Boring Company, known for digging tunnels for electric vehicles.
Musk isn’t just changing the way we transport ourselves, he’s increasing human possibilities. It offers a model on how we can solve the great existential challenges we face.
In reality things are not exactly like that at the moment … HERE for more details.