While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.
Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.
Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.
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Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for rivalries.
In a place where world-changing ideas are born and billions of dollars are at stake, it’s only natural that rivalries develop between Silicon Valley’s power players, ranging from friendly sparring to pointed critiques.
While some feuds, like the one between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, appear to be born out of a close friendship and mutual respect, others — like the one between Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel — started over a spurned acquisition offer.
Here are some of the long-standing feuds, friendly or otherwise, between some of the world’s most powerful execs.
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Elon Musk and Bill Gates
Elon Musk and Bill Gates don’t appear to have a warm relationship, at least if their comments about each other over the last six months are any indication.
Things heated up in February when Gates said during an interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee that while Tesla has helped drive innovation and adoption of electric vehicles, he didn’t buy a Tesla when making a recent vehicle purchase — he bought a Porsche Taycan.
In response, Musk tweeted that his conversations with Gates have always been “underwhelming.”
Then, in July, Gates said in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that Musk’s comments about COVID-19 are “outrageous,” as Musk has frequently downplayed the severity of the virus and questioned how the US has handled its coronavirus response.
“Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments,” Gates said. “He’s not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he’s allowed to say these things. I hope that he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in too much.”
Musk took to Twitter a few days later to taunt Gates, tweeting, “Billy G is not my lover” and “The rumor that Bill Gates & I are lovers is completely untrue.”
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk aren’t competitors in any earthly pursuits, but they’re bitter rivals when it comes to outer space.
Bezos founded his rocket company, Blue Origin, in 2000, while Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. Two years later, the pair met for dinner, and even then, things were getting testy.
“I actually did my best to give good advice, which he largely ignored,” Musk said after the meeting.
In 2013, their rivalry heated up when SpaceX …read more
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