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Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson took the opportunity to catch up with billionaire Elon Musk at the 2022 Met Gala on Monday.
The 41-year-old Kardashians star and the 28-year-old SNL fixture were seen chatting with the Tesla founder and her mother Kris Jenner’s boyfriend Corey Gamble after walking the red carpet at the event in Manhattan.
Although Kim appeared to be wearing the same dress worn worn nearly 60 years earlier by Marilyn Monroe, she changed into a replica of the iconic outfit once inside the event so as to preserve the timeless treasure.
There appeared to be plenty to discuss with Musk after his recent acquisition of social media platform Twitter in a $44 billion leveraged buyout.
Kim has a long-standing association with the micro-blogging site, where she commands 72.2million followers and is ranked the fourth most influential person to use it.
Hers is also the twelfth most followed account on Twitter – five places behind Musk with 90.3million followers – while former US President Barack Obama sits in first place with an astonishing 130.1million.
The billionaires were also seen conversing with Kris Jenner’s boyfriend Corey Gamble. Kim changed out of her original 1962 Marilyn Monroe gown into an exact replica of the iconic outfit
Kim’s glittering beaded gown was designed by Jean Louis, and has been on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Orlando, Florida, after the attraction bought it from Julien’s Auction for $4.81 million.
But the reality star’s replica worn inside the event was a perfect copy of the original and didn’t betray its more modern provenance.
The inside of the Met Gala featured a stunning display of wealth, as Kim — who was recently declared a billionaire — was chatting with Elon Musk, who is currently the richest man alive.
Musk’s association with Kim comes through her estranged husband, troubled rapper and designer Kanye West, a notable absentee on the night.
Musk spent time with the star as recently as January, when they posed for a photo that later went viral – months after West’s marriage to Kim had dissolved into a tissue of toxic tweets, public spats and new romances.
The Tesla founder paid homage to Kanye by wearing a pair of Yeezy 500 High Slate sneakers from West’s Adidas Yeezy line as they posed together for the photo.
In 2015 Musk also praised West in an article for Time 100, writing, ‘Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity – he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut – got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose.’
He also praised the rapper’s confidence, writing, ‘The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t.’
Musk said on Monday he wants to expand the reach of Twitter beyond the current “niche” until most Americans use the social media platform.
The billionaire businessman has signed a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, raising questions among employees and the public about his strategy for running the social media network.
He told reporters gathered on the red carpet at the annual Met Gala in New York that an important measure of success would be whether Twitter could expand its audience significantly.
TALE OF THE TWEETS: KIM KARDASHIAN VS ELON MUSK
NAME: Kim Kardashian
NET WORTH: $1.8billion
TWITTER FOLLOWERS: 72.2 million
TWITTER RANKING: Fourth most influential, twelfth most followed overall
1. TV (Hulu reality show The Kardashians – $100million)
2. SKIMS shapewear ($225 million*)
3. KKW Beauty and Fragrance ($500million*)
4. Real Estate (three properties, all in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles)
5. Blue Chip Investments (Kardashian’s interests include profitable shares in Disney, Amazon, Netflix and Adidas)
*conservative estimate as of 2021
*based on Kardashian’s remaining 72% stake in the business
NAME: Elon Musk
NET WORTH: $264.6billion
TWITTER FOLLOWERS: 90.3million
TWITTER RANKING: Most followed CEO, seventh most followed overall
1. PayPal (co-founded by Musk, subsequently bought by eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002)
2. SpaceX (Founded by Musk in 2002 as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. In 2021 the company signed a $2.9billion contract with NASA)
3. DeepMind Technologies (founded in 2010, sold to Google for an undisclosed amount in 2014)
4. Tesla Motors (as of December 2021, Musk owned 177 million shares with the company, worth an estimated $142.3 billion)
5. The Boring Company (launched in 2017, currently involved in a a $48.6 million proposal to build an underground tunnel in Las Vegas)