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Elon Musk Has This To Say About Putin

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Elon Musk, a Co-creator of PayPal, the CEO of Tesla, the owner of Starlink Internet, owner of The Boring Company, co-founder of Neuralink, Space X, and Twitter, officially the world’s richest man, says that he thinks Putin is significantly richer than him. Elon retook the title of the richest person in the world in late 2021 after he passed the net worth of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

When asked recently how he felt with a net worth of 260 billion being perceived as the richest person on earth, Elon replied, “I do think that Putin is significantly richer than me.”

The size of Vladimir Putin’s wealth remains a mystery as no one knows exactly how much of it there is or where he has put it. There are some links that he has a 1.4 billion palace somewhere on the Black Sea and a $4 million Monaco apartment. Some speculated that he may be the richest man in the world. Financier Bill Browder testified in 2017 that he believes Putin has accumulated over $200 billion in ill-gotten gains. In recent years Western countries have implemented sanctions against Putin and his top allies.

Elon, for his part, has stated that he supported Western countries sanctions on Putin but not for reasons such as jealousy. Elon supports the government’s actions for political and humanitarian reasons.

Elon Musk has been something of a media darling until his purchase of Twitter. Previous to his purchase of Twitter news reports regularly praised his efforts with SpaceX to privatize space exploration.

Additionally, his company Tesla has been at the forefront of making electric vehicles available to the public. Tesla has had some issues in the past with fires in their vehicles but have since recalled any batteries with those issues.

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Elon’s Neuralink that he co-founded is both seen as revolutionary and frightening. If successful, this company would interface humans with computers directly at the brain level. Some testing has been done with neural links to pigs and so far, has shown no obvious adverse effects on the pigs.

His company Starlink has low earth orbit satellites which provide Internet to rural areas for $110 per month at speeds of up to 350 megabits per second and is portable for an extra $25 a month. This one company has created equality between rural and urban areas when it comes to Internet access. Previous to Starlink, rural areas were limited in the amount of Internet they could receive from companies such as CenturyLink or Hughesnet. Oftentimes rural customers would be charged outrageous sums for as little as one megabit per second with often spotty and or missing service for days at a time. The lack of Internet options in rural areas widened the gap between educational equality and economic opportunities when compared to rural and urban areas. Starlink has now effectively reversed that for customers in rural areas.

Since Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter however, the media has not had such a fawning impression of him. Many major news outlets have said that Elon Musk allowing free speech on Twitter would destroy their ability to control the narratives.