Recently, a photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been going viral online. The photo was initially shared by a Twitter user, who also narrated the story behind said image. Even Musk replied to the photo and said that he couldn’t believe the photo was taken 17 years ago. “Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos met for a meal to discuss space. It was one of their few in-person interactions. The conversation they had perfectly captures the different approaches they’ve taken to space exploration,” Twitter user Trung Phan wrote. This photo may very well be symbolic of the equation between the two.
The feud between Musk and Bezos is well-known. For the unaware, here’s some context. According to the Business Insider, Bezos had always been interested in space even though he had started Amazon. In the late 1990s, Amazon was not what it is today. Neither was Bezos one of the most powerful men in the world. In 2000, Bezos launched Blue Origin which was to deal with human spaceflight.
In 2002, Musk used the money he got after eBay purchased PayPal and decided to launch SpaceX. In 2004, the two met for a friendly lunch to talk about space, as shown in the tweet. But this meeting may very well be the beginning of a feud that has lasted over a decade.
1/ In 2004, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos met for a meal to discuss space.
It was one of their few in-person interactions.
The conversation they had perfectly captures the different approaches they've taken to space exploration.
Here's the story pic.twitter.com/g8hAsEj3d4
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) March 1, 2021
Over the years, Musk and Bezos have taken jibes at each other multiple times. While Bezos has not responded to the photo, Musk did. “Wow, hard to believe that was 17 years ago!” he tweeted in response.
Wow, hard to believe that was 17 years ago!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 21, 2021
Ironically, Musk has been displaced by Bezos as the world’s richest man according to net worth. Tesla’s stocks fell by 6.9% last week wiping off $11 billion from his net worth.