Elon Musk has revealed that he was meeting with the Pope when he broke his nine-day silence on Twitter, the social media giant he is trying to buy.
The richest man in the world said he was “honoured” when he tweeted a photo of himself with the head of the Catholic Church, next to from Musk four teenage sons.
Musk’s transgender daughter – who? requested to legally change her name last month because she no longer wants to be related to her father – was absent from the event.
The purpose and location of Musk’s encounter with Pope Francis were not immediately apparent.
But minutes before sharing the image, Musk posted an old photo of him celebrating his 40th birthday in Venice with his then-wife, British actress Talulah Riley.
“Venice, a site of Great Remembrance,” he tweeted alongside the photo.
Musk – who has eight children – posted to Twitter for the first time in nine days after being unusually quiet on the social media platform.
He concluded a legally binding agreement to buy the company for $44 billion (£35bn) in April, but last month said there were “a few outstanding issues” over the deal.
The Tesla and SpaceX boss has threatened to pull out unless Twitter provides more information about how many fake accounts there are on the social media platform.
He has argued, without showing evidence, that Twitter has significantly underestimated the number of “spam bots” — automated accounts that typically promote scams and misinformation — on its service.
Last month, it was reported that Twitter plans to allow Musk access to his “fire hose” from raw data on hundreds of millions of daily tweets to advance its proposed takeover.
Musk was in April called the richest man in the world following Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s relegation to second place for the first time in four years, according to Forbes.
He was worth an estimated $219 billion as of March 11, having added $68 billion to his fortune last year.