So what’s the story about Warren Buffett and Elon Musk’s relationship? Well, it’s complicated. In an interview with The New York Times in July 2020, Musk said, “I think he has managed to create a great image for himself as a kindly grandfather, which is maybe overstating the case.” As stated earlier, Musk is not a big fan of the Berkshire Hathaway CEO.
One reason the two billionaires might not ever become BFFs? Buffett and Musk are complete opposites. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO’s approach to business is to always share the credit for success and stay out of the limelight. Musk is a master showman who isn’t afraid to boast about himself or exaggerate his wins.
For example, there is a
story rumor that Musk found out he passed Buffett on Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index one day in 2020. So the Tesla CEO sent Buffett a YouTube clip from “There Will Be Blood” of Daniel Day-Lewis saying, “I Drink Your Milkshake.” Musk denied that he sent Buffett the clip in his NYT interview, but it seemed like a faux denial.
The biggest reason the two billionaires aren’t buddies might be because Buffett said he wouldn’t invest in Tesla (via MarketWatch). For someone like Musk, who lives for his business, Buffett’s comment was a punch in the gut. We’ll probably never know what goes on the minds of billionaires.