Sputnik drew up a ‘ranking’ with the most successful personalities throughout 2021. This list brings together the figures who shone in sports, technology, science, modeling, cooking, cinema, politics and other spheres.
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SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk was named ‘man of the year’ by Time magazine, while his company SpaceX landed a $ 2.9 billion contract with NASA to fly astronauts to the moon.
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American writer Mackenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, was named the most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.
American physiologist David Julius of the University of California, San Francisco, and American molecular biologist and neurobiologist Ardem Pataputyan won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine this year for their discovery of ion channels in cells that respond to temperature and touch.
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American singer Beyoncé holds the record for the most Grammy Awards for a woman in 2021. She already has 28 gramophones.
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Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, PSG forward and captain of the Argentine national team, set a record this year by winning the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time.
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Chinese-American film director and screenwriter Chloe Zhao won 54 individual awards for her film Land of Nomads in 2021, he thus surpassed the previous record set by Alexander Payne with 42 awards.
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British driver Lewis Hamilton holds the record for Formula 1 Grand Prix victories in 2021 and is the first to have achieved 103 wins in motorsport’s top flight. In mid-December, Prince Charles awarded him the title of knighthood.
This year, the Indian Kharnaaz Sandhu was the winner of the Miss Universe.
French billionaire Bernard Arnault, president of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy group, this year became the richest man in the world, according to Forbes magazine.
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The well-known Spanish chef David Muñoz won the Best Chef Awards this year.
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Japanese Kané Tanaka, who will turn 118 in 2021, reached the Guinness record for being the longest living person on Earth.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was named Man of the Year by Time magazine readers.
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The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, became the first woman and the first politician of Afro-Asian origin to hold office in 2021.
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The representative of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and German Economy Minister Olaf Scholz became the new Federal Chancellor of Germany this year, succeeding Angela Merkel, who had held the post since 2005.
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Gabriel Boric, who won the presidential elections in Chile, became the youngest president in the history of the Latin American country and Latin America.
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These are the personalities who stood out worldwide for their successes in 2021