Here are a few things Elon Musk said he would do with his money before buying Twitter

co-founder of PayPal and jewel heir Elon Musk made a splash on Monday when Twitter accepted his offer to buy the social network for $44 billion and make it private in the name of “freedom of speech.”

in the world 2,668 billionaireshe is the most billionaire, his fortune on Wednesday morning is estimated at 242.4 billion dollars. according to Forbes. The next closest rich man is somewhat behind him, although he still possesses an unimaginable amount that could probably solve at least some of the ills of humanity on a global scale; Jeff Bezos is worth about $165.1 billion.

Even with such obscene wealth, not everyone thought that Musk could pull off his hostile takeover. Like other mega-billionaires, most of his money is in the form of illiquid stocks. His unsolicited offer was somewhat shaky just a week ago, until he revealed that he provided loans from banks including Morgan Stanley.

It seems that whenever he wants, the space wannabe can show his will and spend huge sums of his money on what he sees as a good thing for society: loosening the rules about what people can post on Twitter.

But Musk made many offers of help, and perhaps some of them were actually more, well, helpful. As he celebrates the deal that crowns him Twitter’s new lord and savior, here’s a look at some of those promises that didn’t work out in the same way.

Fan production during the COVID-19 crisis

In the frightening early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Musk promised to send over 1,000 fans to hospitals across the country saying that Tesla will start making them.

But CNN reporters found that while several hospitals did receive supplies from Musk, they didn’t have fans. Instead, hospitals in California sent two-level positive airway pressure machines commonly used for people with sleep apnea. Machines are of limited use in the treatment of COVID-19. (However, hospitals contacted by CNN expressed gratitude for the gifts.)

Donate half of your money to charity

Ten years ago, Musk signed the Giving Pledge, joining billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in promising to donate at least 50% of his money to charity.

At 50, Musk is relatively young, and the Giving Pledge doesn’t specify when or how billionaires will part with their wealth. But as of January 2021, Musk has only given away about 0.05% of his fortune. according to Vox. In late 2021, he gave away the majority of $5.7 billion worth of Tesla stock to unnamed charities. according to fortunewhich indicated huge tax breaks which is attached. But it’s not clear did he really give any of that money away.

In November, when the UN answered The price tag for Musk’s challenge to outline a plan to combat world hunger was $6.6 billion, somewhat close to the target amount. But it’s still dont clear what Musk is going to do with that money.

Looks like he has a bigger plan. Musk tweeted in 2018 it will sell fewer shares of Tesla “every few years” but save “large payouts” for 20 years into the future when Tesla is in “steady state”. He will use what he has accumulated by then to “make life multi-planetary” by dividing his donations equally between Earth and Mars, where he said he would like to be buried.

Critics say traveling to Mars can be exciting distracts from pressing issues facing the Earth due to climate change.

Rescue of the Thai football team

In 2018 Musk the infamous offered to help save the team of 12 boys in Thailand, who, along with their trainer, were trapped in a cave accessible only through an underwater passage. Musk’s idea was to build a miniature submarine, which he and his team actually made and brought in for a rescue operation in Thailand.

However, he became angry when the people who were trying to save the boys abandoned his car. Rescue chief Narongsak Osatanakorn praised the sub as “good and sophisticated” but said “it’s not practical for this mission”. Musk snapped, questioning Osatanakorn’s experience. A few days later, when a British diver said that Musk’s idea was nothing more than a “PR stunt” with no “chance of success”, Musk called the man a “pedophile”, eventually leading to a libel suit. (Musk won.)

Musk tweeted that he left the submarine in Thailand.

Flint Water City Fix

“Please consider it a commitment that I will fund water repairs for any home in Flint where water pollution exceeds FDA levels,” Musk tweeted in 2018 after the Thailand debacle. “No kidding,” he added.

In 2014, the nation was shocked to learn that the drinking water in a city of Michigan, mostly populated by people of color, had been poisoned with lead after officials switched to a new water supply in an attempt to save money.

Marie Kopeni, a young activist nicknamed Little Miss Flint who brought attention to her city’s water crisis, tweeted out Musk’s purchase:

(Last year, Copeny raised about $500,000 for a project that aims to ship water filters to homes across the country.)

Musk actually delivered on that promise. The billionaire’s foundation spent half a million dollars installing clean water fountains in 12 public school buildings in Flint. The fountains were presented in February of this yearafter the delay caused by the pandemic.