Elon Musk as soon as demanded to be made the CEO of Apple throughout discussions of a possible Tesla buyout with Tim Cook dinner, in accordance with a brand new e book — although each Musk and Cook dinner deny they’ve ever spoken.
The stunning 2016 dialog is likely one of the particulars revealed within the upcoming e book Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Guess of the Century by Wall Avenue Journal reporter Tim Higgins, in accordance with a assessment within the Los Angeles Times.
Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner had known as Musk to suggest buying the electrical carmaker, which was struggling financially forward of the revealing of the Mannequin 3, in accordance with the e book.
Musk expressed his curiosity within the thought however had one situation, telling Cook dinner: ‘I am CEO.’
Elon Musk as soon as demanded to be made the CEO of Apple throughout discussions of a possible Tesla buyout, in accordance with a brand new e book
Cook dinner at first thought Musk meant that he wished to stay CEO of Tesla after the merger, and mentioned that he was not against the concept.
However when Musk clarified that he anticipated to take Cook dinner’s job as Apple CEO, Cook dinner responded ‘F*** you’ and hung up, in accordance with the brand new e book.
Apple denies the dialog befell – and says, actually, Cook dinner has by no means even spoken to Musk.
Musk additionally refuted the report in a tweet, writing: ‘Cook dinner & I’ve by no means spoken or written to one another ever.’
‘There was some extent the place I requested to fulfill with Cook dinner to speak about Apple shopping for Tesla. There have been no situations of acquisition proposed in any respect. He refused to fulfill. Tesla was value about 6% of at present’s worth,’ added Musk.
A brand new e book dives into the historical past of Tesla
The e book was apparently written with none cooperation from Musk. When given alternatives to remark, Higgins mentioned Musk declined, besides to inform the writer: ‘Most, however not all, of what you learn on this e book is nonsense.’
Lots of the anecdotes revealed within the e book spotlight Musk’s mercurial mood.
In a single case, a manufacturing facility line employee at Tesla’s manufacturing facility in Fremont, California instructed Musk that he’d give you a solution to repair a automobile window’s screeching sound by making an incision within the seal.
Musk flew right into a rage at manufacturing government John Ensign, who was current, demanding to know why he hadn’t give you the answer.
‘That is unacceptable that you simply had an individual working in your manufacturing facility that is aware of the answer and you do not even know that!’ Musk reportedly mentioned.
Musk fired Ensign, who truly had recognized concerning the proposed repair, however did not need to embarrass the manufacturing facility employee by revealing that engineers had already tried it, however discovered that it solely labored quickly.
When Musk mentioned that he anticipated to take Tim Cook dinner’s job as Apple CEO, Cook dinner responded ‘F*** you’ and hung up, in accordance with the brand new e book
Based on the LA Occasions assessment, the e book focuses extra on the historical past of Tesla than Musk personally, highlighting the achievements of lesser recognized workers, lots of whom departed after clashing with Musk.
Earlier this week, Tesla introduced that its quarterly revenue had surpassed $1billion for the primary time, and the corporate is now valued at a staggering $680 billion.
The monetary milestone introduced on Monday prolonged a two-year run of prosperity that has erased questions on Tesla’s long-term viability raised throughout its early years of losses and manufacturing issues.
Tesla now has cemented its place because the chief within the shift away from gas-combustion that’s anticipated to make it much more worthwhile than throughout its most up-to-date quarter.
Musk maintain’s the world’s second largest private fortune at $185 billion as of Thursday, in accordance with the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
For all its current success, Tesla’s momentum might nonetheless be slowed by a persisting scarcity of chips which have turn into important components in fashionable automobiles.
Whereas different main automakers needed to dramatically curtail manufacturing through the first half, Tesla thus far has been in a position to safe an sufficient provide of chips to churn out automobiles on the quickest price in its historical past.
In the latest quarter, Tesla delivered greater than 206,000 automobiles inside a three-month span for the primary time in its historical past. It’s also gearing up so as to add one other sports activities utility automobile, the Mannequin Y, to its lineup later this 12 months.