Elon Musk: ‘I don’t want to be CEO of anything’

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk poses as he arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Awards ceremony (Getty Images)

Despite being the boss of two billion-dollar companies, Elon Musk has said he doesn’t want to be a CEO.

The 50-year-old billionaire was responding to questions on Twitter over claims made in a new book.

It alleges that Musk wanted Apple to acquire Tesla a number of years ago.

The proviso was that he himself would become CEO of the iPhone maker.

Musk rubbished the claims online, but went even further – saying that he doesn’t want to be a CEO at all.

The entrepreneur has frequently expressed the fact he prefers engineering cars and rockets over the politics of running Tesla and SpaceX.

Talking about being CEO of Tesla in a court appearance last month, Musk said: ‘I rather hate it and I would much prefer to spend my time on design and engineering.’

But he says that he remains the head of the company because no-one else can do the job: ‘I have to or, frankly, Tesla is going to die.’

Although shareholders may not like the idea of Musk saying so publicly he doesn’t want to run Tesla, the fact is the electric car company is indelibly linked with Musk’s personality and public profile.

Tesla boss Elon Musk talks to the press as he arrives to to have a look at the construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin (Getty)

It is, by far, the most valuable car company in the world. But in 2018, Musk was forced to step down as Tesla’s Chairman after triggering an investigation by tweeting he had secured funding to take the company private.

Currently, Elon Musk is ranked as the second richest person on the planet with an estimated net worth of $179 billion.

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