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Elon Musk responds to Bill Gates buying a Porsche over a Tesla

Published: 18/Feb/2020 11:29 Updated: 18/Feb/2020 12:31

by Calum Patterson

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After Bill Gates revealed that he had bought his first-ever electric car, the Microsoft co-founder surprised some by announcing it was a Porsche Taycan, rather than the acclaimed Tesla series. Now, Tesla owner Elon Musk has responded.

Gates, who is now focused primarily on philanthropic work on global health and climate change, revealed that he had bought the “premium price” Taycan during his interview with tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee.

While praising the car as “really cool,” he also admitted that generally, electric vehicles have their shortcomings, namely price and total range possible on a single charge.

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The Porsche Taycan is a premium electric vehicle, and now Bill Gates has one.

When speaking to Brownlee, Gates said that electric passenger vehicles are one of the most “hopeful” areas for reducing emissions, and praised Tesla as “one of the companies that has helped drive that.”

But, he still opted for the Porsche Taycan himself, which came to the surprise of some Tesla fans. Twitter account Tesletter, who creates an “unofficial Tesla newsletter,” expressed disappointment about Gates’ remarks.

Elon Musk responds to Bill Gates

This prompted a response from the Tesla co-founder himself, Elon Musk. He simply stated that “My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming [to be honest].”

It’s unclear what these conversations were, or if they related to electric vehicles at all. Musk clearly doesn’t feel the same way as Bill Gates when it comes to the issue of charging being such a major issue, primarily due to Tesla’s “supercharging.”

When speaking to Brownlee, the Microsoft co-founder said that gasoline is still a more “dense” energy source, and so, while dirty, is often simply more convenient, if wanting to travel long-distances especially.

Other than the ‘premium’ which still applies to electric cars, this was his only real complaint about them at all, while also highlighting benefits such as reduced maintenance costs, and the price of gas itself.

Musk did admit that he was impressed by Bill Gates’ chair-jumping abilities, however.

The two tech pioneers are both now focused on areas that will help the environment. Add to this Jeff Bezos’ pledge of $10 billion for climate change, and there is certainly a focus from these three multi, multi-billionaires to help the planet.

According to the latest figures, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos leads the three with a net worth of $115bn, followed by Gates on $109bn, and Musk with $40bn.

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YouTuber buys dream car worth $200k by selling Pokemon cards

Published: 5/Dec/2020 1:07

by Brent Koepp

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A YouTuber revealed that he was able to afford and buy his dream car worth up to $200k just by buying, selling, and covering Pokemon cards – yes, you read that right!

Although the Pokemon TCG made its debut decades ago in 1997, the Nintendo collectibles have seen an absolute explosion in popularity in 2020. Items once traded by children on school playgrounds for practically nothing can now sell for as much as a house.

Dedicated fans that have been covering the hobby for years such as Australian YouTuber Michael ‘UnlistedLeaf’ Anderson have had their passion rewarded with the Trading Card Game’s recent attention. So much so that the content creator was able to buy a luxury car.

Pokemon YouTuber UnlistedLeaf shows off his dream Audi R8 car.
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The Nintendo fan was able to buy his dream car collecting and selling Pokemon cards.

YouTuber buys dream car thanks to Pokemon cards

While many popular entertainers have been swept up by the Pokemon card craze that has hit in 2020, YouTubers like Unlisted Leaf have been making videos about the hobby since 2013. On December 4, the content creator revealed that he was able to buy his dream car – a Audi R8 V10 Plus – due his love of the Nintendo RPG.

“It is insane to me that years down the line I am able to get one,” he said. “The craziest part about this whole situation is that I really bought this car with, like, Pokemon cards. If we really boil it down.” The entertainer, who also goes by ‘Ando’, then clarified that he didn’t get any money from his parents or a side job – it was purely from covering the Pokemon collectibles.

“It is 110% all with Pokemon cards. That’s the truth. I literally have been making videos around Pokemon cards for about eight years now. I’ve been collecting Pokemon cards for eight years and like selling a few. Then like I buy a lot. Then I sell a couple more,” the Nintendo fan explained.

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UnlistedLeaf revealed that Pokemon cards’ recent explosion in value and popularity also played a hand in being able to afford the luxury vehicle. “Especially with the crazy Pokemon card boom recently, I was able to purchase this car.” he revealed, before he thanked his fans for sticking with him as he covered the Nintendo hobby for eight years.

There is no telling if the craze surrounding the TCG will die down anytime soon. With the Japanese franchise gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, the sky is the limit. Passionate fans who have dedicated their lives to Trading Card Game are finally starting to reap the rewards.