Vanity Fair deemed Elon Musk "Silicon Valley's patron saint and perennial coolest kid in class."
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk can add another accomplishment to his resume today: Vanity Fair has named him the No. 1 disrupter in its New Establishment list of influential players in technology, entertainment, finance and politics.
The fashion and pop culture magazine’s list, in its 20th year, is further divided into “powers that be” and “disrupters.”
Musk jumped from the fifth-place disrupter last year to the top spot in 2014. The 50-person group of disrupters also includes executives such as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, No. 5; Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, No. 9; and GoPro founder Nick Woodman, No. 26.
Vanity Fair deemed Musk “Silicon Valley’s patron saint and perennial coolest kid in class,” and called Tesla cars an “environmental status symbol.”
The magazine noted Musk’s “grand gesture” of offering to make Tesla’s electric vehicle patents openly available to automakers interested in producing electric vehicles to further efforts to reduce climate change.
Vanity Fair also noted Musk’s success with his space exploration company SpaceX and his solar energy company SolarCity.