Elon Musk ‘approached Apple about buying Tesla but CEO Tim Cook wouldn’t meet him'

Elon Musk ‘approached Apple about buying Tesla but CEO Tim Cook wouldn’t meet him'

ELON Musk took to social media on Tuesday afternoon to reveal he once "approached Apple about buying Tesla."

The Tesla boss tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: "During the darkest days of the Model 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of our current value)."

He then revealed that Cook: "Refused to take the meeting."

The shocking tweet comes a few days after Musk’s fortune reached a new high.

On Friday, the 49-year-old SpaceX CEO's net worth jumped nearly $9billion to $167.3billion.

The rise in his fortune boosted his status as the second wealthiest person on earth. 

The entrepreneur has grown his fortune by $139.7billion in 2020 alone.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the only person with a higher net worth than Musk, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. 

Bezos sits at the top of the wealth index with a net wroth of $187.3billion. 

Tesla shares closed at a record $695 on Friday, and have jumped 731 percent in 2020. 

Tesla’s stock increased 70 percent when it announced its forthcoming inclusion in the S&P 500. 

Musk’s continued increase in wealth comes after he surpassed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the world’s second richest person on November 23. 

At the time, Musk’s net worth hiked up from $7.2billion to $127.9billion.

Meanwhile, Apple Inc is planning to bring a self-driving passenger vehicle by 2024 – complete with its own breakthrough battery technology.

It's also possible that Apple could create an autonomous driving system that might already work in a car made by a traditional automaker, as opposed to creating an Apple-branded car when it initially launches.

The company's shares Monday came in at over 1.24 percent higher after the news was released.

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