Davos organizers: Musk was not invited despite what he says

The World Economic Forum says billionaire Elon Musk was not on the guest list for the annual gathering of business executives, world leaders and cultural trendsetters in Davos, Switzerland, despite what the Twitter owner claims.

From the head of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, to the actor Idris Elba, they are meeting in the luxurious Alpine town this week to discuss global issues ranging from war to climate change and the effects of technology in security.

Musk wasn’t there, though he says he was invited. Forum spokesman Yann Zopf shot that down on Tuesday, saying the last time Tesla’s CEO received an invitation was “not this year or recently, the last time was in 2015.”

Musk said in a tweet in December. 22: “My reason for declining Davos’ invitation was not because I thought they were involved in diabolical intrigues, but because it sounded boring.”

He did not specify when he received the invitation, but the timing of the tweet suggested it was for this year. Musk did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Organizers extended invitations to Musk, as head of Tesla, to join a few times in the 2010s, most recently in 2015, but he never registered or attended the annual meeting, Zopf said.

The meeting has been criticized for the lack of concrete action emerging after a series of sessions and speeches, while the forum itself has been the target of online conspiracy theories from those who believe the meeting involves a group of elites who manipulate global events on their own. . benefit

Billionaire Musk, one of the richest people in the world, can certainly afford to attend Davos.

Forum members pay 120,000 to 850,000 Swiss francs ($130,000 to $921,000) for annual membership, depending on the level of membership they want.

Many executives travel to Davos to put together the layers of the meeting and met with business executives who flock to the city, sometimes taking pictures at the forum from the sidelines. For example, Richard Branson, the British tycoon behind Virgin, has come to town several times without attending the meeting.

Anyway, Musk might be a little busy hanging out with the powerful in snowy Switzerland.

While still grappling with the fallout from last year’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter, Musk faces a lawsuit over his tweet about Tesla’s 2018 takeover.

Jury selection begins this week and he will have to explain his actions under oath in San Francisco court after tweeting that he had lined up financing to pay for a $72 billion buyout of the electric car maker, which he never did. to pass. It culminated in a $40 million settlement with US securities regulators that also forced him to step down as the company’s chairman.

He also plans to step down as CEO but remain an owner of Twitter, which he managed to take private last summer but has alienated some users and advertisers with chaotic job cuts and changes to content moderation policies.

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