Although he is one of the most recognized people on the planet and an extremely successful businessman, Jeff Bezos An aura of mystery seems to surround him. He does not usually give interviews, and many times his public appearances are used as fuel for ridicule and memes. Something that has been enhanced as a result of his public rivalry with Elon Musk.
The tycoons—and their respective companies—have constantly exchanged barbs in recent years. SpaceX vs. New Origin, Starlink vs. Project Kuiper and Tesla vs. Rivian (of which Amazon owns a part), disputes have been portrayed as a power struggle between the tycoons.
Despite all this, what does Jeff Bezos really think of Elon Musk? For the first time, the businessman went on Lex Fridman’s podcast and spoke about it. Of course, it was not the central focus of the interview, although it was one of the points that generated the most attention among the public.
The interesting thing about all this is that, despite the apparent “enmity” that exists with Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos has opted for a conciliatory profile. At least in public view. In addition, he praised the achievements of the leader of SpaceX, Tesla and X (Twitter).
What did Jeff Bezos say about Elon Musk?
Asked about his vision of Elon Musk as a human being and as a leader, Jeff Bezos tried to separate the person from the character. “I don’t really know Elon very well. I know his public persona, but I also know that you can’t know anyone by their public persona. It’s impossible. You may think you know them, but I guarantee you don’t. You know Elon a lot. better than me, Lex, but judging by the results, must be a very capable leader. There is no chance you can have Tesla and SpaceX without being a capable leader. It’s impossible,” said the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin.
With these words, Jeff Bezos seems to have publicly deactivated any type of personal dispute. Something that Elon Musk himself had also played on recently, when he also, in dialogue with Lex Fridman, rescued some qualities of Bezos as an individual and as a businessman.
It is true that the public darts have been more from Elon Musk against Jeff Bezos, than the other way around. At the time, the also owner of X (Twitter) had been very critical of the CEO of Blue Origin for trying to block the agreement between NASA and SpaceX to build the first lunar landing module of the Artemis program. At that time, Musk had said that his pair could not “earning your place on the Moon through lawsuits”.
Bezos, meanwhile, had questioned Tesla’s dependence on China. And he even hinted that the Asian giant’s government could have greater influence over Twitter, upon its acquisition by Elon Musk.
Having said all this, there is a key point that is surely “softening” the relationship between the tycoons. Whether they want it or not, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are now partners. Let’s not forget that Project Kuiper, Amazon’s satellite internet service to rival Starlink, will use SpaceX rockets to launch its satellites into space.