This is from August 2021, but he has said very similar things just days ago at a keynote he gave at an event by Financial Times: https://youtu.be/VfyrQVhfGZc (Unfortunately I can’t find when he said that in the video).
Here are the quotes:
"When it comes to donations, I'd say it is very difficult to give away money effectively"
"If you care about the reality of doing good and not the perception of doing good, then it is very hard to give away money effectively," he said. "I care about reality. Perception be damned."
"I'm always looking for ways to give away money that are effective"
Musk said he cares more about the outcomes, not optics, of philanthropy. This, he says, makes it harder for him to give away money "effectively."
With this post I just wanted to make sure it is known how “perfect” EA seems to be for Elon Musk. I hope some EAs are trying to somehow reach out to him. If I ever were to talk to Musk, I would remind him of these quotes and then tell him about EA.
I know Elon Musk is vaguely aware of EA. Does anyone know why he is not involved in EA? Has sufficient effort been made to tell him more about EA?