Elon Musk called Jeff Bezos a copycat — again — over Amazon’s Zoox acquisition. Here are 9 other rivalries that have formed between some of the world’s biggest tech CEOs.

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While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.
Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.
Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.
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Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for rivalries.

In a place where world-changing ideas are born and billions of dollars are at stake, it’s only natural that rivalries develop between Silicon Valley’s power players, ranging from friendly sparring to pointed critiques.

While some feuds, like the one between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, appear to be born out of a close friendship and mutual respect, others — like the one between Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel — started over a spurned acquisition offer.

Here are some of the long-standing feuds, friendly or otherwise, between some of the world’s most powerful execs.

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Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk aren’t competitors in any earthly pursuits, but they’re bitter rivals when it comes to outer space.

Bezos founded his rocket company, Blue Origin, in 2000, while Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. Two years later, the pair met for dinner, and even then, things were getting testy.

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“I actually did my best to give good advice, which he largely ignored,” Musk said after the meeting.

In 2013, their rivalry heated up when SpaceX tried to get exclusive use of a NASA launch pad and Blue Origin (along with SpaceX rival United Launch Alliance) filed a formal protest with the government. Musk called it a “phony blocking tactic” and SpaceX eventually won the right to take over the pad. Months later, the two companies got into a patent battle, and soon after, Bezos and Musk took their feud public, trading barbs on Twitter.


Once, when the BBC asked Musk about Bezos, he responded, “Jeff who?” For his part, Bezos has frequently criticized the idea of colonizing Mars — a …read more

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