When you have basically all the money in the world, it can be tough to spend it all. It will be even tougher to spend when you're dead. If you're Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page, though, you already know how you want your money to live on after you're gone: support innovators like Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

That's what Page said at the TED conference in Vancouver, Canada this week, anyway, adding that the already-wealthy Musk is worthy of the Page billions because he's one of the people who can change the world. Page said:

He wants to go to Mars. That's a worthy goal. We have a lot of employees at Google who've become pretty wealthy. You're working because you want to change the world and make it better; if the company you work for is worthy of your time, why not your money as well? We just don't think about that. I'd like for us to help out more than we are.

On top of Tesla, Musk also runs SpaceX and Solar City. Tesla said in a statement to Automotive News that, "[Musk] is honored by Larry's comments and very much admires what he has accomplished with Google."


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      RyanC
      • 9 Months Ago
      Larry has 32 billion, Tesla had 2 billion in revenue last year -- yeah, I'd say that Elon getting a bunch of Larry's money would probably help invest in more awesome R&D at Tesla. I can't think of a more deserving and well intentioned individual to consider...
        Grendal
        • 9 Months Ago
        @RyanC
        He would like to invest in Musk, not specifically Tesla. Musk is revolutionizing the space launch industry and is about to create a reusable rocket. That will be even bigger than creating Tesla. There is also his hyper-loop though that hasn't been proven to work quite yet. It has been talked about that Larry Page may be a partial investor in the giga-factory.
          archos
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          He'd like to own Musk, and control his vision. What Musk does is take inefficiencies and conceive disruptive yet innovative solutions. Google's denial of the right to privacy has created a huge inefficiency in the tech world. Some people don't like their private online lives becoming marketing commodities. I'm sure Page has thought up a "what if he did" scenario where Musk gives Google the spanking they deserve.
      CoolWaters
      • 9 Months Ago
      I do notice that those companies that proclaim, "Profit is our only concern", aren't doing well in a Climate Changed Challenged world. The companies that are doing well are those that are managed to the current REALITY, those that are making money AND investing in the "Social Good". Shocking, long range, sustainable management is MORE PROFITABLE, and these companies Command a HIGHER Stock Price.
        karlInSanDiego
        • 9 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Sorry but categorically wrong. Ranking Company Industry Revenue (USD billions) FY Capitalization (USD billions) Employees Listing Headquarters CEO Ref(s) 1 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Retail $469 January 31, 2013 $248 2,200,000 NYSE: WMT United States Bentonville, Arkansas Douglas Mcmillon [2] 2 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas $467 December 31, 2012 $132 90,000 LSE: RDSA Netherlands The Hague; United Kingdom London Ben van Beurden [3] 3 Exxon Mobil Corporation Oil and gas $453 December 31, 2012 $406 76,900 NYSE: XOM United States Irving, Texas Rex W. Tillerson [4] 4 China National Petroleum Corporation Oil and gas $425 December 31, 2012 1,668,072 — China Beijing Zhou Jiping [5] 5 Sinopec Group Oil and gas $411 December 31, 2012 $81 401,000 NYSE: SNP China Beijing Wang Tianpu [6] 6 BP Oil and gas $379 December 31, 2013 $89 83,900 LSE: BP United Kingdom London Bob Dudley [7] 7 Saudi Aramco Oil and gas $311 2012 54,041 — Saudi Arabia Dhahran Khalid A. Al-Falih [8]
        lad
        • 9 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        I like what you have to say and I think in the long term what you say is correct. However, the American people are victims of their very own Government that actually slows down progress and innovation by extending power to the corporations dedicated to greed and government only by the elite. The power ceded to the oil companies over a hundred year span is the perfect example. and is the reason we are so dependent on fossil fuels. When you vote for a modern day Republican, you are voting against your own best interest. and for continuing the elitist system they perpetrate.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Contrary to what Mr. Page and president Obama may think, Mr. Musk is not a 501.C(3) charity. Mr Page should give his money and initiate programs designed to alleviate worldwide poverty and improve worldwide education. He needs some training from Bill Gates.
        Koenigsegg
        • 9 Months Ago
        ya because helping some poor people is going to advance the world
        Thereminator
        • 9 Months Ago
        He should do what ever he wants with His money....sanctimonious advice aside.
        Actionable Mango
        • 9 Months Ago
        Contrary to what Kybill may think, it is possible to give money to people and entities that are not 501.C(3) charities.
      Jim1961
      • 9 Months Ago
      I've always been fascinated by space travel but keeping our home planet livable should come first. Musk is working on both through SpaceX, Tesla and Solar City. If he had less on his plate he'd also be working on Hyperloop. Hyperloop would be the perfect project for someone like Page.
      Tysto
      • 9 Months Ago
      He can do both by investing in Musk's companies and then willing the stock to a charity. If he has so much money that this would effectively be *buying* Musk's companies, then could form a new company with Musk and capitalize it with his giant pile of his cash and will *that* stock to charity. On the other hand, the Gates Foundation is no slouch when it comes to improving the world without needing to meeting quarterly profit expectations.
      archos
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is ridiculous. He's pandering to the audience. What this guy Larry Page believes is a surveillance police state where Google works side-by-side with the NSA to eliminate privacy and commoditize whats left.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Mr. Page, I humbly inquire of you and your wealthy employees if you would consider a compassionate contri-bution toward my financial healing so that I can return to my healing arts practice. A drunk driver crashed into me and State Farm cheated me out of a reasonable claim to cover my healing expenses. My body injuries I have healed. My CBI brain injury I have not, and I was bankrupted. I went to court asking for $78K, which in hindsight was low. State Farm won a lower $50K, and my attorney took half of that. I moved to a 3rd world economy for 4yrs to afford treatment. If I could restore the shortfall, I would be at break-even and I could rebuild my life. Thank you.
      Kraig Richard
      • 9 Months Ago
      Mars is as much of a squander of humanities resources as our lunar program was. Our gravity well takes a big carbon footprint to escape. How about reinventing education before reinventing space travel. This is illustrative as to why people with his much money should have a work group to help keep sane on spending
        skierpage
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Kraig Richard
        Pay attention, Google and Google execs already invest in education (EdX, massive online courses, etc.). Rocket engineers won't become teachers just because you want to decide how rich people spend their money. I guarantee that Larry Page has philanthropic advisors figuring out how to spend his money.
      Koenigsegg
      • 9 Months Ago
      If i won the lottery i'd give half to Elon
      xxricefarmerxx
      • 9 Months Ago
      im down with that, sounds like its worthwhile to me, what good would it do giving it to africa? it wont take us off this planet
      purrpullberra
      • 9 Months Ago
      A remarkable sentiment, if he actually followed through with it. I think it's disgusting when billionaires give away tens of millions and act like they are doing some good. Bill Gates helping Africans survive malaria to instead suffer from all the rest of the untold misery experienced there. How does that make sense? Do some real good, think bigger. Helping mankind become a 2-world creature would help ensure our survival and Elon is one of the few doing something to advance our ability to do that. Larry Page is a real mess imo, in many ways an enormous hypocrite and a guy with as ruthless/evil a sense of business as Bill Gates ever had (abuse of monopoly power, MS was ever worse than Google is now, how? wtf?). But maybe he's a broken clock and he's telling the right time accidently here. If he really gave it away I'd be impressed. Otherwise he's just a pretend good guy.
        archos
        • 9 Months Ago
        @purrpullberra
        "Bill Gates helping Africans survive malaria to instead suffer from all the rest of the untold misery experienced there. How does that make sense? " Ethnocentrism is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one's own culture. I'll just leave it at that.
          Joeviocoe
          • 9 Months Ago
          @archos
          Ever been to Africa? The political issues there, people have gotten used to that... malaria, is a much bigger problem than what American media likes to show. Our media wants to show sensationalism... war, and politics makes for better prime time, than the same old medical problems of African nations. But the reality on the ground is, Malaria kills many more people than even Darfur. Bill has this one right.
          purrpullberra
          • 9 Months Ago
          @archos
          Africans aren't begging for anti-malaria pills, that's what Bill wants to give them. They beg for political stability and Bill does nothing about that. Bill's ethnocentrism keeps him from seeing what the Africans he claims to want to help REALLY want and need. I am ambivalent on Africa, I have too much else to think and worry about. I just see the Gates foundation as the modern Authur Schlessinger and that paternal, "oh I'm so generous to my cousins" attitude. I think anyone who has somehow amassed that kind of wealth has the duty to do the best, most good for people that no one else could do. Malaria pills is something a minor aid agency could handle. But it's taking up a lot of the philanthropic energy of the richest guy alive. That seems lame to me.
      Koenigsegg
      • 9 Months Ago
      Amazing
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