Elon Musk questioned why Davos is 'even a thing,' and jokingly compared the annual meeting of the global elite to online forum 4Chan

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Elon Musk questioned why Davos is 'even a thing,' and jokingly compared the annual meeting of the global elite to online forum 4Chan
Elon Musk insulted the World Economic Forum at Davos in a series of tweets.Carina Johansen/Getty Images
  • Elon Musk doesn't seem to like Davos very much at all.
  • Musk this week questioned how the World Economic Forum is 'even a thing' and compared it to 4Chan.
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Elon Musk has made it abundantly clear that he's not a fan of the World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of world leaders and CEOs taking place in Davos, Switzerland this week.

Musk, who until late 2022 was the world's richest person, has shared his disdain for the conference — which was started back in 1971 by Klaus Schwab — in a series of tweets in recent days, including questioning its very existence.

"How is WEF/Davos even a thing?" Musk asked in one tweet responding to a video of Schwab's opening speech at the 2023 event.

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"Are they trying to be the boss of Earth!?" he continued.

Over 600 CEOs are expected to attend Davos this year including executives from Wall Street like JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon, David Solomon from Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley's James Gorman.

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Over 50 world leaders will be present including those of Spain, South Korea, Poland, and the Philippines. Some celebrities like Idris Elba and Will.i.am will also be there.

Musk, however, will not be present. In a separate tweet sent at the end of December, Musk made it clear that he wouldn't be attending the gathering, saying it "sounded boring."

He further insulted the forum on Monday and compared it to online message board 4Chan, which is well known for spawning baseless conspiracy theories.

"There should be a game show: '4Chan or Davos, who said it?'" Musk tweeted in response to a Substack post from author Michael Shellenberger and journalist Izabella Kaminska which discussed the World Economic Forum's efforts to fight against conspiracy theorists who believe the forum is designed to mastermind world domination.

Musk also replied directly to a tweet from the World Economic Forum's official account which said that "overpopulation remains a global challenge," contradicting it and espousing his strongly held view that declining birth rates pose a major problem for humanity.

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"Population collapse is an existential problem for humanity, not overpopulation!" he wrote.

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