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Is Elon Musk a good billionaire?

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This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

He’s the world’s richest man and the mastermind behind Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and Paypal. His tweets make headlines, impact share prices and attract lawsuits. He’s opposed to a billionaire’s tax and has threatened staff planning to unionise. He operates differently than most other successful tech leaders, yet behind all the controversy it seems Elon Musk is always in pursuit of his higher purpose.

Is his vision for humanity – where the problems of sustainable energy are solved and humans are well on the way to becoming a multi-planetary species – just the wild ambitions of an eccentric billionaire showman? Is Elon Musk just another ruthless tycoon or is he a good billionaire? Is there such a thing?

In collaboration with TxP, a London-based network bridging the worlds of tech and policy. 



















editor and invited experts

Luke Gbedemah
Reporter

Dr Anton Howes
Invention historian, author of 'Age of Invention'

Jacob Mchangama
Danish lawyer, human-rights advocate, and author of "Free Speech: A Global History from Socrates to Social Media"

Phumzile Van Damme
Former South African MP, Founder, South African Elections Anti-Disinformation Project and member of the Real Facebook Oversight Board

Tom Chivers
Science writer, author of 'How to Read Numbers'