Google co-founder would send his money to Tesla's Musk

Google's Page, left, is worth $24.9 billion and Musk is at $6.7 billion, according to Forbes.

Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page says that when he dies he has a plan for where his billions should go -- not to charity, but to people like Tesla founder Elon Musk.

Page spoke with Charlie Rose at a TED conference on Wednesday and said that his money should go to people such as Musk who are capable of changing the world.

Musk is the head of Tesla Motors Inc., SpaceX and Solar City and wants to take humans to Mars. It was this idea that drew praise from Page, who called it inspired and said “that’s a company, and that’s philanthropical.”

“You’re working because you want to change the world and make it better,” Page said during the interview. “If the company you work for is worthy of your time, why not your money as well?”

Page sounded a bit dour on companies that didn’t have the same goals as Musk or Google, saying that revolutionary change is needed in technology instead of the incremental change that he is seeing.

Musk has proved capable of revolutionary change -- having developed electric-powered sports cars, vast solar arrays and rocket ships that can not only ferry goods to and from the International Space Station, but land themselves vertically to be reused.

“[Musk] is honored by Larry’s comments and very much admires what he has accomplished with Google,” a Tesla spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail.

According to Forbes magazine's 2013 list of the 400 richest people in America, Page ranked No. 13 with a net worth of $24.9 billion. Musk ranked No. 61 with $6.7 billion.

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