(ThePatriotWire)- The battle of the billionaires continues as Bill Gates went after Elon Musk’s SpaceX goal of colonizing Mars, saying that it wasn’t a good use of money, according to Newsmax. In an interview with BBC, Gates reportedly said that using money for life-saving vaccines was better.
BBC journalist Amol Rajan questioned Gates on what he thought about Musk’s investments in SpaceX to get people to settle on the red planet. Gates didn’t agree with it.
“It is actually quite expensive to go to Mars,” Gates replied. “You can buy measles vaccines and save lives for a thousand dollars per life saved.” He continued to say that the endeavor to invest in vaccines “grounds you.”
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has reportedly invested more than $10 billion to get vaccines to some of the poorest countries in the world, according to their website.
Gates also pushed back on the idea that Musk was behaving like a philanthropist, although he added that he thought Musk was making a positive impact in the world with projects like Tesla. He noted that one day Musk might become a philanthropist with his “ingenuity.”
The two have reportedly had a rocky relationship with each other. It was revealed in 2020 that Gates had chosen an electric Porsche Taycan over a Tesla, with one Twitter user asking why he had gone with that. Musk reportedly replied that his “conversations with Gates have been underwhelming tbh [to be honest].”
Musk has also had an unstable relationship with President Biden, who said that he will investigate Musk for his acquisition of Twitter and Starlink ventures, according to American Pigeon.
Since acquiring Twitter, Musk has released internal documents, known as the “Twitter Files,” highlighting the bias of the company in its bid against free speech. In one of the revelations, the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story was confirmed to have been censored with the help of Hunter Biden’s lawyer, according to American Pigeon.