Nobel Peace Prize Surprise

( – Recently there’s been a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize, and the fortunate one is no other than one of the most influential figures of the 21st century.

Elon Musk known for his wide-ranging business ventures from satellites to social media has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Lawmaker from Norway Marius Nilsen praised Musk for being a strong supporter of free speech.

Nilsen who is part of the libertarian Progress Party mentioned Musk’s commitment to dialogue and the freedom to express one’s views in a world that is becoming more divided. He highlighted Musk’s role in providing internet connectivity through Starlink satellites to Ukrainian soldiers during the Russian invasion.

“The multitude of tech companies Musk has founded, owns or runs, aimed at bettering societies, increasing knowledge of both earth and space, in addition to enabling communication and connectivity globally… has helped make the world a more connected and safer place” said Nilsen.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee responsible for selecting the prize’s winner from hundreds of nominations includes government officials and academics in its nomination process. The winner is announced in October and the committee is currently considering Musk’s nomination.

Musk the world’s richest person according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index is behind several companies including X (formerly Twitter), SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company, and Neuralink. His fortune is valued at $213 billion.

After buying Twitter for $44 billion in late 2022 Musk aimed to promote free speech controversially reinstating banned accounts of figures like Donald Trump, Alex Jones, and the Babylon Bee. However Musk’s approach to managing his companies and his tweets have caused controversy leading to a backlash from advertisers.

Musk’s contribution to Ukraine through Starlink has been crucial for communication on the battlefield. In 2020 another member of the Progress Party nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the Abraham Accords.