Elon Musk Spent The Super Bowl With Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch


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Twitter CEO Elon Musk was spotted at the Super Bowl with media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.

Musk and Murdoch were chatting in box seats after Rihanna’s halftime show performance on Sunday, where the singer played her hits and revealed her pregnancy. The Fox broadcast briefly cut to Musk and Murdoch, and play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt said, “brilliant minds in that box” as the camera turned to them. (RELATED: Reviewing Rihanna: The Super Bowl Halftime Show Hits And Misses)

“Rupert pays our checks too, so that’s always good,” Burkhardt noted. The Fox Broadcasting company is owned by Murdoch’s Fox Corporation, which also owns Fox News. Murdoch owns the Wall Street Journal, New York Post and many other outlets through News Corp, Fox’s sister company.

Musk tweeted, “Some of the smartest people I know actively believe the press … amazing,” on Feb. 11, the day before the game. “Absolutely. Twitter is also a competitor to legacy media for news, so they are fundamentally conflicted,” Musk tweeted in response to venture capitalist Paul Graham shortly before the Super Bowl began.

Musk tweeted a reply to one Twitter user, saying he discussed “Dogecoin” with Murdoch. The cryptocurrency surged immediately after Musk’s tweet only to drop again on Monday, Insider reported.

Murdoch and his family are worth $18.3 billion according to the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List. Musk’s net worth is $188.6 billion, making him the world’s second richest person.