The multimillionaire tech tycoon who made global headlines for offering a female plane passenger $100,000 to remove her face mask has told The Post he has “no regrets” about his controversial offer.
Steve Kirsch, a 64-year-old Silicon Valley veteran, was described as a “creep” after he outlined his encounter with the woman in Twitter thread last Friday.
“I’m on a Delta flight right now,” he wrote in his first post, which has been viewed more than 32 million times. “The woman sitting next to me in first class refused $100,000 to remove her mask throughout the flight. no kidding. This was after I made it clear that they weren’t working. She works for a pharmaceutical company.”
Speaking with The Post on Thursday, Kirsch – Once a prominent donor to the Democratsbut who wouldn’t give a dime to members of that party — provided context about his conversation with the mask-wearing passenger, saying it happened on a 4 1/2 hour flight from San Francisco to Detroit.
“It was a friendly conversation,” insisted the wealthy businessman, adding that he was “never obnoxious and aggressive” when talking to masked people.
According to Kirsch, the woman, who he said was in her mid-60s, was actually the one who initiated the conversation.
“I asked her why she was wearing a mask,” he explained. “She said she would see her daughter and wanted to protect herself from COVID-19.”
The tech mogul claimed he made a “virtual” bid of $100,000 to “question the strength of her belief” that masks are an effective form of protection against the virus.
The woman said she would refuse the amount of money, with Kirsch claiming that it “highlights the insanity some people are suffering from”.
“She believes it [the mask] It works,” the tech mogul explained in an exasperated manner.
“I just wanted to understand how people believe this,” he added.
Despite strongly disagreeing with the woman, Kirsch called her “very sweet” and said that it was always cordial when they met.
He even showed her the tweet he had posted about their meeting.
Kirsch is a Silicon Valley veteran who is credited with introducing one of the first versions of the optical mouse in 1980.
He later co-founded Frame Technology Corporation, which was acquired by Adobe in 1995, and created the search engine Infoseek, which was sold to Disney in 1999.
was his net worth It reported $230 million in 2007.
In 2020, Kirsch Research Fund for Potential COVID Therapiesas $1 million was poured into the project, according to an MIT Technology Review.
However, the publication reported that he has since become skeptical about authorized COVID vaccines and has spread “misinformation” about the pandemic online.
His Twitter feed, which he is He describes himself as an “outspoken” and “critical thinker”, Complete with links to articles that also question COVID mandates and masking practices.
But Kirsch told The Post he “never shared any misinformation” and said US authorities are afraid to release data linking coronavirus vaccination to unexplained deaths.
His “virtual” offer of $100,000 for a female passenger, meanwhile, wasn’t the first he’d made.
Kirsch has a Substack account, where he was on March 9th published A post titled “I offered people $10,000 to take off their face masks for 60 minutes. This is what happened.”
“Masks don’t work, and even if they do, people don’t cover their eyes, so loosening up is useless and meaningless,” the businessman wrote in his article. “Though, people are so scared brainwashed thanks to the CDC’s narrative that they will turn down an offer of $10,000 to take off their masks.”
Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services Both are still recommended to be hidden in certain circumstances.
In December, L.A. County was considering re-imposing a local indoor mask due to the coronavirus surge, with some pushback from experts.
Just last month, a new study suggested that widespread masking may have done little to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
Kirsch’s reputation has taken a hit among wealthy liberals in Silicon Valley since he began speaking out against official COVID measures.
However, the millionaire told The Post that he is not upset.
“I save lives – and I have no regrets,” he declared.
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