Elon Musk has reignited his ongoing rivalry with Jeff Bezos after he sarcastically responded to a tweet.
Musk replied, “maybe it’s a coincidence” to an entrepreneur who suggested Bezos copy his ideas.
The 15-year feud stems in part from their competing commercial space companies.
Elon Musk’s beef with Jeff Bezos continues.
Musk was responding to a tweet from Kim Dotcom, the New Zealand-based German internet entrepreneur who has been battling extradition to the US for nearly two decades over charges related to his file-sharing site Megaupload.com. Dotcom is prolific on Twitter and regularly interacts with Musk on the platform.
Musk has been feuding with Jeff Bezos for about 15 years, regularly accusing him of being a copycat. The pair have overlapping interests and often trade places as the world’s richest person. Musk is currently number two, behind French luxury magnate Bernard Arnault, while Bezos is fifth, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index.
Musk previously objected Amazon announces plans to launch more than 3,000 internet satellites, rivaling SpaceX’s Starlink. He commented again in June 2020 when Amazon acquired self-driving car startup Zoox, possibly rivaling Tesla.
More recently, Bezos supported Synchron, a company focused on finding ways to enable people to control computers with their minds. In addition to Bill Gates and other investors, the startup received $75 million in funding, part of it from Bezos Expeditions, Bloomberg reported. Musk, meanwhile, is the founder of the neural interface company Neuralink, which is trying to develop a device that could be embedded in a person’s brain to record and potentially stimulate brain activity.
The two compete most intensely in commercial space travel, though it’s debatable whether Bezos “copied” Musk here. The founder of Amazon has long had an interest in space exploration and started the aerospace company Blue Origin in 2000. Two years later, Musk founded his own commercial spaceflight company SpaceX.
The two companies have clashed over the years over lawsuits, patents and missile launches.
In 2013, Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance filed a formal protest after SpaceX attempted exclusive use of a NASA launch pad. Musk said the move was a “false blocking tactic” and told Space News that Blue Origin “has yet to create a reliable suborbital spacecraft, despite more than 10 years of development.” NASA eventually sided with SpaceX.
Musk, 51, appeared to compliment his rival in a 2020 interview with The New York Times, but also suggested that Bezos was too old to advance in space travel, though there’s only a seven-year age gap between the two tech tycoons.
On Tuesday, insiders told Bloomberg that SpaceX was offering to sell stock at a price that would boost the close-knit company’s valuation to about $140 billion. Blue Origin remains privately owned.
Insider reached out to Bezos and Musk for comment.
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