Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk says he’s overworked. According to news agency Bloomberg, Musk on Monday said, “I have too much work on my plate, that’s for sure.”
Musk, who was responding to questions during a session at the B20 in Indonesia, a business conference running alongside the G20 meeting in Bali this week, said, “I’m working the absolute most that I can work — morning to night, seven days a week.”
The world’s richest man said, “The amount that I torture myself is next level, frankly.”
The newly installed ‘Chief Twit’ of Twitter Inc. beamed into the conference through a video link. The comments come as Musk brings his unique brand of management to the social-media platform, firing close to 3,700 employees just over a week ago.
Musk since backtracked on some of those dismissals, but has also scrapped the company’s work-from-home (WFH) policies. Musk’s opposition to remote work is well-documented, with staff at Tesla Inc. told to “pretend to work elsewhere” if they wanted to work from home. He’s also been known to sleep at work, or even on the factory floor.
According to the report, how much Musk works was the most consistent theme of Monday’s at-times-stilted conversation at the B20. It was made even more surreal by Musk’s darkened background and dim lighting. The billionaire, dressed in an Indonesian batik-print shirt sent to him by the organisers, said the power was cut off in his location, which wasn’t disclosed.
“I’m really working at the absolute most amount that I can work … this is not something I’d recommend, frankly”
Musk, who is currently running Twitter, Tesla, and SpaceX, also founded a tunnelling firm, The Boring Co., and human-to-computer tech company Neuralink Corp.
Meanwhile, Musk saw his wealth dipping below $200 billion as investors turned away from Tesla shares over concerns that the largest shareholder of the world’s most valuable electric-vehicle maker remains more engulfed with Twitter. His net worth stands at $194.8 billion as of now, and a big chunk of Musk’s share comes from his nearly 15 per cent stake in Tesla, which has a market value of $622 billion, reported news agency Reuters citing Forbes.