Elon Musk Says ‘I Have Too Much Work on My Plate’

Billionaire Elon Musk said he has too much work on his plate. Musk made the comments on Monday by video-link to a business conference on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.

The billionaire said he was working “at the absolute most amount…from morning til night, seven days a week” when asked about his recent acquisition of the social media platform Twitter and his leadership of car maker Tesla.

“I have too much work on my plate that is for sure,” Musk said.

Musk is the chief executive of both companies and also runs rocket firm SpaceX, brain-chip startup Neuralink, and tunneling firm the Boring Company.

Wearing a batik shirt sent by the organizers, he appeared on screen lit by candles, explaining that he was speaking from a place that had just lost power. Tesla investors worry that Musk is distracted from the company at a critical time for the world’s largest electric vehicle maker.

Musk is a self-confessed “nano-manager” who has been personally involved in working-level decisions from car styling to supply chain issues. 

Tesla’s shares have dropped dramatically, the value dropping by half since early April when he first took a stake in Twitter. 

Musk has been selling off some of his own Tesla shares, including another $4 billion last week to bring his Twitter-related sales to $20 billion. This has added to the pressure. 

When asked about the complexity of industrial supply chains “decoupling” from China and the risks from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Musk returned to how busy he was.

Responding to a comment that business leaders in Asia wanted to be the “Elon Musk of the East,” Musk said: “I’d be careful what you wish for. I’m not sure how many people would actually like to be me. They would like to be what they imagine being me, which is not the same thing as actually being me. The amount that I torture myself is next level, frankly.”

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