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March 21, 2014

Google CEO Says He'd Give Billions to Elon Musk, Not Charity

Larry Page, the chief executive officer of Google, said Wednesday that he would rather donate his fortune to the billionaire technology entrepreneur Elon Musk than to a philanthropic enterprise, Business Insider and Wired report.

Responding to question from Charlie Rose in an onstage interview at a TED conference in Vancouver, Mr. Page suggested businesses can be better vehicles to create "revolutionary change" and build a better future. He praised Mr. Musk, the founder of car company Tesla and spacecraft designer SpaceX, for aspiring to mount a mission to Mars to "to back up humanity," which Mr. Page called "a worthy goal."

"That’s a company, and that's philanthropical," he said. He added, "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?"