Bill Gates took a number of jabs at fellow billionaire Elon Musk in a brand new interview, saying he doesn’t view the Tesla CEO as a “great philanthropist” at this level whereas dismissing the SpaceX founder’s efforts to go to Mars as a waste of cash.
The BBC requested the Microsoft co-founder in a current sit-down whether or not he believes Musk will ever be a part of the membership of mega-rich donors like Gates, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in pledging to provide away most of their wealth.
“Yeah, I think someday he’ll be a great philanthropist,” Gates mentioned of Musk, conceding, “Obviously, you know, things like Tesla are having a positive impact — even without being a form of philanthropy.”
“But at the end of the day, I don’t think he’ll — other than going to Mars a few times … I don’t think he’ll spend it on himself,” Gates continued. “So yeah, someday I think he will join the rank of philanthropists using his ingenuity.”
Gates told BBC interviewer Amol Rajan that he doesn’t imagine Musk’s mission to colonize the Red Planet is an efficient use of funds, saying offering vaccines to individuals in want needs to be the next precedence.
“It’s actually quite expensive to go to Mars,” Gates mentioned. “You can buy measles vaccines and save lives for $1,000 per life saved, and so it just sort of grounds you, as in — don’t go to Mars.”
Musk and Gates have been at odds previously.
Last 12 months, Musk confirmed he turned Gates down on a proposal to collaborate on philanthropic efforts to fight local weather change, after leaked texts between the 2 confirmed Musk telling Gates he can’t take him “seriously when you have a massive short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate change.”
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Musk then trolled Gates with a vulgar tweet evaluating a photograph of the Microsoft co-founder to a pregnant man emoji. Musk later mentioned he was “moving on from making fun of Gates for shorting Tesla while claiming to support climate change action.”
But since then, Gates has also praised Musk, and mentioned publicly that the Tesla CEO shouldn’t be underestimated following his $44 billion takeover of Twitter.
“You wouldn’t want to underestimate Elon. What he did at Tesla is amazing, helping with climate change, what he did at SpaceX,” Gates informed the “Today” present in May 2022. “Will he, this time, make that improvement? … Elon thinks he can improve Twitter. Well, I don’t know specifically what he’ll do, but there’s an opportunity and we need innovation in that space.”
FOX Business’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.