Elon Musk just might be the most eccentric billionaire of our generation. The CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company, and Neuralink, has never been shy of the spotlight. For his tweets, interviews, public appearances, and offers to buy other companies, Musk always delivers on leaving something to be talked about. Which, more often than not, seems to land him in a scandal. Being the richest man in the world does have a flipside, but Musk seems to be enjoying it while he can.
Musk on Joe Rogan Podcast
Back in September 2018, on an episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Rogan Experience, the Tesla CEO appeared for an interview. Marijuana being legalized in California, where the podcast was shot, Rogan offered a marijuana cigar to the billionaire. While talking about the procurement of an airplane by SpaceX, Musk went ahead and took a puff off the cigar.
In a recent interview on the podcast, Full Send, by The Nelk Boys, the SpaceX owner indulged in what occurred after the Joe Rogan episode. Stating FBI asked him to go through every drug test possible to ensure he wasn’t an addict. SpaceX holds a lot of federal government contracts, and naturally, marijuana is illegal at the federal level.
“I did get a lot of backlash because it’s still federally illegal,” The billionaire said “Space X has federal government contracts, so our competitors were like ‘Why aren’t you doing anything? Look at him brazenly smoking weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast. They drug tested me for everything.”
Musk stated that he believes the feds were pressured by the company’s competitors, which led to the government testing everyone at SpaceX.
Elon Musk In The Spotlight
Following the fiasco, Tesla was hit quite a bit. Plunging a whopping 11% of its stocks. Along with the downgrade, a lot of major positions at the company gave in their resignations. Dave Morton, the chief accounting officer in 2018, cited the company’s growing public attention as his reason for leaving the company.
Musk finds himself stuck in the limelight quite often. Sending a car to space, tweets that costs him billions of dollars, challenging the Russian leader Vladimir Putin to a fistfight, naming his child X Æ A-12 Musk, mocking pronouns, and most recently, offering to buy Twitter for a whopping $44 billion. It just seems like a regular day for Musk is an extraordinary one for the rest of us.
But being eccentric as he is, Elon Musk has shown to transform leadership in his companies, offering the pedestal to constant innovation and progress. Not only this but along the way, unlike most.
Source: New York Post