Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose $44 billion bid to buy Twitter remains pending, used the social media platform to announce he had met with Pope Francis . “Honored to meet @Pontifex yesterday,” Musk tweeted of the audience on Friday afternoon, alongside a photo showing Musk, Francis, and four of Musk’s teenage children.
The Vatican neither announced the audience nor provided any information about what was discussed. Musk’s tweet followed a street scene in Venice, suggesting he may have had other stops on his tour.
Francis frequently meets with high-profile figures in strictly private audiences held in a reception room of the Vatican hotel where he resides. A common topic of conversation at meetings with corporate CEOs is the appeal for them to use wealth and technology to help the poorest while caring for God’s creation.
On June 21, Twitter’s board of directors recommended that shareholders approve Musk’s proposed purchase, even though Twitter’s shares remain well below its asking price, signaling serious doubts that the sale will actually happen.