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Peter Thiel calls Elon Musk a 'negative role model', says young people find it hard to emulate him

Peter (left) first compared Elon (right) to Apple CEO Steve Jobs and then called him a 'negative role model'.
Peter (left) first compared Elon (right) to Apple CEO Steve Jobs and then called him a 'negative role model'.

SAN FRANCISCO: Peter Thiel, a Trump supporter and entrepreneur, has called Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a "negative role model" due to his many innovations which make him difficult to emulate.

Thiel, while debating the question: "Has true innovation stalled?" with Robert Metcalfe, professor at University of Texas during UCLA's Internet50 event, also called Musk a good friend.

Thiel compared Musk to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and hailed him as a single great innovator. He said, "Elon is the counter example" to the hype that true innovation has stalled.

"It's a very weird thing where that's the go-to story is we have one person who helped develop electric cars and reusable rockets," Thiel said.

"But if you tell a young person, why don't you be like Elon? it's a negative role model where the basic response is well that is too hard, I can't do that," he added.

Thiel's association with Musk dates back, Thiel was the co-founder of PayPal and it was taken over by Musk's financial services company.

Recently, Musk's request to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by British caver Vernon Unsworth over a "pedo guy" tweet, was denied by a Los Angeles judge.

US District Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles has ruled that a jury will have to decide whether those tweets count as recklessly negligent.

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