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Davos organizers: Elon Musk was not invited despite what he says

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The World Economic Forum says billionaire Elon Musk was not on the guest list for the annual meeting of business leaders, global leaders and cultural trendsetters in Davos, Switzerland – despite what the Twitter owner claims.

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

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

Musk said in a tweet December 22: “The reason I declined the Davos invitation was not because I thought they were engaged in some evil scheming, but because it seemed boring lol.”

He didn’t say when he got the invite, 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 invited Musk, as Tesla boss, to join a few times in the 2010s — the last in 2015 — but he never registered or attended the annual meeting, Zopf said. .

The gathering has been criticized for its lack of concrete action which emerges after a series of sessions and speeches, while the forum itself has been the target of online conspiracy theories of those who believe that the meeting involves a group of elites manipulating world events to their own advantage.

Multi-billionaire Musk, one of the richest people in the world, can certainly afford to go to Davos.

Forum members pay between 120,000 and 850,000 Swiss francs ($130,000 to $921,000) for annual memberships depending on the level of affiliation they wish.

Many executives travel to Davos to watch the meeting and mingle with business executives who flock to town, sometimes snapping photos of the forum from behind the scenes. For example, Richard Branson, the British tycoon behind Virgin, reportedly came to town several times without attending the meeting itself.

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

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Either way, Musk might be a little busy messing with the powerhouses of snowy Switzerland.

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

Jury selection begins this week and he will have to explain his actions under oath in court in San Francisco after he tweeted that he had lined up funding to pay for a $72 billion takeover of the electric car maker, which does not s is ever produced. This resulted in a $40 million settlement with US securities regulators which also forced him to resign as chairman of the company.

He is also considering stepping down as CEO but remains the owner of Twitter, which he managed to privatize last summer but has alienated some users and advertisers with chaotic job cuts and changes to content moderation policies.

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