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A history of the rivalry between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, 2 of the world’s most powerful CEOs who have been feuding for over 15 years (AMZN, TSLA)


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Two of the world’s most powerful CEOs, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, have been locked in a heated rivalry for the past 15 years.
While the two mainly feud over their respective space ambitions — Musk runs SpaceX, while Bezos launched Blue Origin — they also compete for talent, and Musk has taken public issue with Bezos on several occasions.
Musk called Bezos a copycat over some of Amazon’s business ventures, said Amazon is a monopoly that should be broken up, and appeared to make digs about Bezos’ age.
For his part, Bezos has made veiled critiques of Musk’s main goal, which is to send humans to Mars.
As both CEOs grow their wealth and power, their feud will likely continue on. These days, both SpaceX and Blue Origin are designing lunar landers for a NASA mission to return humans to Mars.

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Over the last 15 years, two of the world’s most high-profile CEOs, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, have been engaged in a simmering rivalry.

The two execs have sparred over their respective space ambitions — Musk runs SpaceX, while Bezos owns Blue Origin — but it hasn’t stopped there: Musk has called out Bezos for running what he deemed a monopoly, and has called Bezos a copycat for his self-driving car interests.

Musk and Bezos are two of the most powerful CEOs in the world. Bezos is currently the wealthiest living person and runs Amazon’s sprawling empire while also involving himself in Blue Origin’s quest to send people to the moon. Musk is a dual CEO, manning the ship at both Tesla and SpaceX. Over the years, their not-so-subtle rivalry has even given way to Twitter spats and name-calling.

Here’s how Musk’s and Bezos’ rivalry began and everything that’s happened since.

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Back in the early 2000s, Jeff Bezos wasn’t yet the titan he is today.

Bezos had launched Amazon five years prior, and the company had gone public in 1997. But Amazon wasn’t yet the powerhouse it would become — it was years before the company would launch Prime, start its own streaming service, or create its cloud infrastructure service, Amazon Web Services.

But Bezos had always been interested in space. He told the Miami Herald in 1982, after he graduated high school as valedictorian, that he wanted to create outer space colonies for millions of people.

As a result of that long-held interest in leaving Earth, Bezos launched Blue Origin in 2000, a new startup focused on human spaceflight.

Elon Musk was already a millionaire several times over, but he hadn’t become CEO of Tesla yet.

Around the time Bezos was launching Blue Origin, Musk had already sold Zip2, a startup he launched with his brother, Kimbal, to Compaq for roughly $300 million. Musk was in the process of building PayPal, while would …read more

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