Mega-rich tech ‘creep’ breaks silence on $100,000 request: ‘No regrets’


The millionaire tech mogul who made global headlines for offering an airline passenger $100,000 to remove her face mask told the Post he had “no regrets” over his controversial offer.

Silicon Valley veteran Steve Kirsch, 64, has been called a ‘creep’ after he described meeting the woman in a Twitter feed last Friday.

I’m on a Delta flight right now,” he wrote in his first post, which has been viewed over 32 million times. “The person sitting next to me in first class refused $100,000 to remove their mask for the entire flight. No kidding. This was after I explained that they weren’t working. She works for a pharmaceutical company.

Speaking to The Post on Thursday, Kirsch – once a prominent donor to the Democrats who will no longer donate a dime to members of that party – gave the context of his conversation with the masked passenger, saying it took place on a hour and a half. flight from San Francisco to Detroit.

“It was a cordial conversation,” insisted the wealthy businessman, adding that he was “never obnoxious and aggressive” when addressing masked people.

According to Kirsch, the woman, who he said was in her 60s, was actually the one who initiated the conversation.

“I asked her why she was wearing a mask,” he explained. “She said she was going to see her daughter and wanted to protect herself from COVID-19.”

Steve Kirsch - a Silicon Valley businessman with an estimated net worth of $230 million in 2007 - took to Twitter to say he made the offer to the anonymous passenger last Friday.
Steve Kirsch has made global headlines for offering an airline passenger $100,000 to remove her face mask.

The tech mogul claimed he made the “hypothetical” $100,000 offer then to “question the strength of his belief” that masks were an effective form of protection against the virus.

The woman said she would refuse the sum of money, with Kirsch saying it “highlights the craziness of some people”.

“She believes in it. [the mask] works,” the tech mogul explained in an exasperated manner.

“I just wanted to understand how people believe this shit,” he added.

Although he disagreed with the woman vehemently, Kirsch described her as “super nice” and said their meeting always remained friendly.

He even showed her the tweet he had posted about their meeting.

Kirsch is a Silicon Valley veteran who is credited with one of the first versions of the optical mouse in 1980.

He then co-founded Frame Technology Corp, which was acquired by Adobe in 1995, and created the Infoseek search engine, which was sold to Disney in 1999.

His net worth was estimated at $230 million in 2007.

In recent years, the tech titan has been accused of spreading "disinformation" on the COVID pandemic.  He is pictured at a "anti-mask, anti-vaccine, anti-warrant" rally in Oregon last year.
Kirsch — once a top Democratic donor — has grown skeptical of COVID vaccines, masks and mandates.

In 2020, Kirsch created a research fund for potential COVID treatments, pouring $1 million into the company, according to MIT Technology Review.

However, the publication reported that he has since become skeptical of allowed COVID vaccines and has been spreading “misinformation” about the pandemic online.

His Twitter feed, on which he describes himself as a “truth-teller” and a “critical thinker”, is complete with links to articles that are also skeptical of COVID mandates and masking practices.

Kirsch is a Silicon Valley veteran credited with pioneering one of the first versions of the optical mouse in 1980. He then co-founded Frame Technology Corp, which was acquired by Adobe in 1995, and created the Infoseek search, sold to Disney.  in 1999. He is photographed in 1987.
Kirsch is a Silicon Valley veteran who is credited with one of the first versions of the optical mouse in 1980. He is pictured in 1987.

But Kirsch told the Post he had “never shared false information” and said US authorities are afraid to release data that links COVID vaccination to unexplained deaths.

Meanwhile, his “hypothetical” $100,000 offer to the plane passenger isn’t the first he’s made.

Kirsch has a Substack account, where on March 9, he posted an article titled “I offered people $10,000 to take off their face masks for 60 minutes. Here is what happened.

“Masks don’t work and even if they did work people don’t cover their eyes so mitigation is completely unnecessary and nonsense,” the businessman wrote in his post. “Despite this, people are so indoctrinated with fear from the CDC narrative that they would turn down an offer of $10,000 to take their masks off.”

Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services both still recommended masking under certain circumstances.

In December, Los Angeles County was considering reinstating a local indoor mask mandate due to a coronavirus surge, with some expert reactions.

Just last month, a new study suggested widespread masking may have done little or nothing to curb the transmission of COVID-19.

Kirsch’s reputation has taken a hit among well-heeled Silicon Valley liberals since he began speaking out against official COVID measures.

However, the millionaire told the Post he wasn’t bothered.

“I save lies – I have no regrets,” he said.



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