emotional Elon Musk has revealed the past year has been
“excruciating”, with the “worst yet to come” in his personal life.
Tesla boss told the New York Times that the year “has been the most
difficult and painful year of my career”.
an unusually personal and emotional interview, the electric car
maker’s chairman and chief executive said he is exhausted after a
year of controversy.
to produce 5,000 Model 3 Teslas a
week, Mr Musk has been sleeping in the factory, to the detriment of
his family, friends and health.
were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days –
days when I didn’t go outside,” he told the New York Times.
has really come at the expense of seeing my kids. And seeing
has experienced serious production problems with the Model 3
Musk, who is dating Canadian singer Grimes, 30, last week caused
havoc in the markets after tweeting, in the middle of the night,
that he hoped to
the publicly traded company private
tweet, with the fateful words “funding secured” and prices would be
off a federal investigation as it
could be seen as manipulating the marketplace and it turns out the
Saudi government had spoken to him about funding but had parted with
no cash yet.
board has told him to focus on production rather than Twitter,
especially after he called
cave diver rescuing the Thai football team a “paedo guy”
for being extremely ambitious with his ideas, the South African has
been one of Silicon Valley’s most influential entrepreneurs for two
the limelight is eventually taking its toll, with Mr Musk admitting
he works 120 hour weeks and has not taken more than a week off since
2001 – when he had malaria.
also emotionally revealed he spent his entire 47th birthday on 28
June at work.
night – no friends, nothing,” he said.
days after that he was best man at his brother, Kimbal Musk’s,
wedding in Catalonia where he flew from the factory to arrive two
hours before the ceremony.
Musk has caused problems by announcing on Twitter he was
thinking of taking the company private
said he flew straight back after the wedding to Tesla’s headquarters
to make good on his promise to get those Model 3s out – something he
eventually achieved on 1 July.
thought the worst of it was over – I thought it was,” he said.
worst is over from a Tesla operational standpoint.
from a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come.”
Musk said he blames his stress on short-sellers who bet Tesla’s
shares will lose value if it goes private.
said he is bracing for “at least a few months of extreme torture
from the short-sellers, who are desperately pushing a narrative that
will possibly result in Tesla’s destruction”.
short-sellers, he said: “They’re not dumb guys, but they’re not
supersmart. They’re OK. They’re smartish.”
Musk said he sometimes did not leave the Tesla factory for
three or four days
Musk admitted to taking the sleeping pill Ambien, saying: “It is
often a choice of no sleep or Ambien.”
some board members have said it does not help him sleep but
contributes to his late-night Twitter sessions, which often get him
Musk said, there is an ongoing search to find a deputy to help him,
but “to the best of my knowledge” it is not active at the moment.
people familiar with the search said it escalated after Mr Musk’s
tweets about taking the company private and the cave diver.
Musk said: “If you have anyone who can do a better job, please let
me know. They can have the job.
there someone who can do the job better? They can have the reins