Elon Musk doesn't mind being paid in bitcoin.
Elon Musk Tesla, now the richest man in the world, tweeted that he would not refuse to be paid in Bitcoin.The eclectic CEO is known for his support of the cryptocurrency, tweeting about it often.The comment comes as Bitcoin, and Musk's wealth, climbed to new highs in 2020.
Responding to writer Ben Mezrich's tweet in which he said he would never give up paying in Bitcoin again, Elon Musk tweeted, "Me neither."
The comment immediately sparked a reaction from the cryptocurrency community. Changpeng Zhao, founder and CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange Binance (colloquially known as "CZ"), tweeted "attaboy" in response to Elon Musk.
Campaigns were quickly organized by the community to get Elon Musk paid in Bitcoin and test the CEO's commitment. The comments come as the price of Bitcoin soars to record highs.
Mezrich is a well-known tech writer and author known for works such as the movie The Social Network and his latest book on bitcoin, Bitcoin Billionaires. In the book, Mezrich chronicles the journey of the top cryptocurrency, "from the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission."
Musk has also been following this journey. He frequently comments on a number of cryptocurrencies on Twitter, as well as engaging in public debates about the future of the industry.
Musk also tends to be a light-hearted supporter. The latest benefactor of his attention has been the cryptocurrency meme Dogecoin. It received a mention as the CEO wished the public a Merry Christmas. To that end, Musk was appointed by the community as its honorary CEO.
Last year, the CEO also fueled online speculation that his electric car company, Tesla, might add Bitcoin to its balance sheet. Moreover, Musk recently suggested that a future economy on Mars could be based on cryptocurrency, a potential marson.
Elon and Bitcoin's future
Like the price of Bitcoin, Musk's wealth soared in 2020 on the back of Tesla's historic performance. As a result, the CEO became the richest man in the world, worth more than $194.8 billion, allowing him to remain the former number one, Amazon's Jeff Bezos.
Responding to the "event," the CEO tweeted, "how strange," a characteristic shrug he became known for. The topic could also be found in a brief exchange between the CEO and Mezrich after Mezrich suggested Musk write a book on Twitter, "Me too."
Musk responded, "I am primarily trying to promote two causes: sustainable energy and the expansion of life/consciousness beyond Earth. There is also the existential threat of AI, which we must seek to mitigate. That doesn't leave much time for writing books."
If this is any indication, Musk is not necessarily interested in the speculative nature of cryptocurrencies. But given Marcone's potential and his honorary position as CEO of Dogecoin, expect more opinions.