The Award

Purpose

The Award is given to outstanding personalities who are particularly innovative, and who generate and change markets, influence culture and at the same time face up to their responsibility to society.

 

Selection

The winner is selected by the executive board of Axel Springer SE, following suggestions by employees. The prize recognizes what has been achieved and encourages going forward. The Axel Springer Award is a prestige prize without prize money.

Ceremony

Elon will accept the award on December 1, 2020, at the Axel Springer headquarters in Berlin. The theme of the evening is “An Evening for Elon Musk – Mission to Mars.”  

Elon Musk

Elon is the visionary behind Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company, among others. Through his inventive and innovative spirit, Elon has revolutionized several industries, from electric vehicles and battery storage to space travel.

“As one of the most creative entrepreneurs and most brilliant engineers of the digital age, Elon Musk inspires an entire generation. He combines great visions with the indomitable will to achieve them. With PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk has turned entire industries upside down, and his drive is irrepressible. He is motivated by the goal of making life better for humanity. And not in small steps, but by fundamentally turning the way we do things on their head. With incredible success.” 

Mathias Döpfner

Press Center

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