Davos organizers: Elon Musk was not invited, despite what he said

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Billionaire Elon Musk was not on the guest list for the annual meeting of business, global leaders and cultural trend-setters in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum said — despite what the Twitter owner claims.

Dignitaries from European Union President Ursula von der Leyen to actor Idris Elba gather in the posh Alpine town this week to talk about global issues ranging from war to climate change and the impact of technology on security.

Musk wasn’t there, though he said he was invited. Forum spokesperson Jan Zupf called that off Tuesday, saying the last time a Tesla CEO received an invitation “wasn’t this year and not recently — the last time was in 2015.”

Musk said in a tweet December 22: “The reason I turned down Davos’ invitation was not because I thought they were involved in some devilish scheming, but because it seemed so boring.”

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

Musk, as chairman of Tesla, has been extended invitations by organizers several times in 2010 — most recently in 2015 — but he has not registered or attended the annual meeting, Zupf said.

The assembly has been criticized for the lack of concrete action that emerged 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 manipulating world events for their own sake. utility.

Sure enough, billionaire Musk, one of the world’s richest people, can attend Davos.

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

Many executives travel to Davos to ride the temples of the meeting and chat with the corporate executives who flock to the city, sometimes even snapping photos in the Forum from the sidelines. For example, Richard Branson, the British billionaire behind Virgin, has come to town several times without attending the meeting itself.

TOPSHOT – Participants are seen during the annual session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on January 17, 2023 (Photo by Fabrice Coverini/AFP) (Photo by Fabrice Coverini/AFP via Getty Images)

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Musk might be a little busy running around with the mighty in snowy Switzerland anyway.

While he still faces the fallout from last year’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter, Musk faces trial over his tweet about taking Tesla private in 2018.

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

He also plans to step down as CEO but remain owner of Twitter, which he successfully kept private last summer but alienated some users and advertisers with messy job redundancies and changes to content moderation policies.

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