Bill Gates Takes Dig At Elon Musk, Says He’d Rather Fund Vaccines Than Travel To Mars

Bill Gates criticizes Elon Musk, says he would rather fund a vaccine than travel to Mars

“It’s actually quite expensive to go to Mars,” said Bill Gates.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said that he is not interested in traveling to Mars and wants to spend his money helping people on Earth and paying for vaccines.

In an interview with BBC, the 67-year-old was asked directly about SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and philanthropy. “Do you encourage him (Elon Musk) to join your great philanthropist club?” The interviewer asked, specifically referring to Mr. Gates and Warren Buffet – the two co-founders of The Giving Pledge – a promise made by hundreds of the world’s richest people to donate most of their income to the organization from benevolent.

“I think he (Mr Musk) will be a great philanthropist one day,” replied Mr. Gates, noting that “things like Tesla are having a positive impact even if it’s not a philanthropist.” form of charity”. He also went on to say that “apart from going to Mars a few times, which can cost a bit,” he doesn’t believe the SpaceX CEO will spend most of his fortune on himself.

“So yeah, one day I think he’ll join the ranks of philanthropists,” he told the outlet.

Furthermore, when specifically asked if he thinks going to Mars would be “a good use of money”, the Microsoft co-founder said, “not in my opinion”. “Going to Mars is actually quite expensive. You can buy a measles vaccine and save a life for $1,000 per life,” Gates added, “And so (that) is like a reason you – don’t go to Mars.”

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According to BBCWhile Mr. Gates is focused on combating climate change and eradicating malnutrition and diseases like polio and malaria, Musk’s rocket company has set the ultimate goal of bringing flights manned flight to Mars and eventually colonize the Red Planet.

The two billionaires have a history of not seeing each other. Last year, Mr Musk announced that he had refused to work with Mr Gates on a charity project after asking the Microsoft co-founder if he was shorting Tesla, meaning betting on the stock price. electric car manufacturer. “I’ve heard from a lot of people at TED that Gates is still half a billion dollars short of Tesla, that’s why I asked him, so it’s not exactly top secret.” Mr. Musk wrote on Twitter.

When asked about the comments and whether he would short Tesla, Mr. Gates said CNBC“I’m not talking about his investments but I think he should be very proud of what he’s accomplished.”

In another instance, when Mr. Gates revealed in 2020 that he had bought himself an all-electric Porsche Taycan, one Twitter user asked: “I wonder why Bill Gates decided to choose Taycan instead of Tesla.” To this, Mr. Musk replied: “My conversations with Gates are not very impressive tbh (Honestly)”.

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