Elon Musk now boasts the title of richest person in the world and the Financial Times‘ “Person of the Year.”
That said, his comments following the accomplishment mostly surrounded Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos and hard work. However, he also touched on space travel and treatment of his own company, Tesla.
After receiving the Times award, Musk called out Jeff Bezos for not working hard enough in his space travel endeavors. According to the New York Post, Musk said Bezos should spend more time working at his space company Blue Origin and “less time in the hot tub” if he hopes to remain a competitive entity in what the outlet called the billionaire space race.
“He does not seem to be willing to spend mental energy getting into the details of engineering,” Elon Musk claimed. In a backhanded compliment to his equally wealthy competitor, the Tesla CEO stated Bezos has “reasonably good engineering aptitude.” Although, he tends to take himself a bit too seriously.
Tesla CEO Boasts a Long Work Week
The same might be said of our current “Person of the Year,” depending on who you are. However, Musk contradicts the Amazon founder’s supposedly indolent lifestyle through personal reports regarding his own work schedule and professional dedication.
The news outlet reports that Musk claims he works all seven days out of the week. Overall, he reports pulling 80 to 90-hour weeks. During which, he oversees project operations at both Tesla and his space company, SpaceX.
As to his “hot tub” comment, Musk shared with the Financial Times, “In some ways, I’m trying to goad him into spending more time at Blue Origin so they make more progress.” How true the claim is, we can’t be sure. But his statement comes in the latest of Elon Musk grievances.
Elon Musk Takes Shots at National Transportation Safety Board
As the two richest individuals on the planet battled it out for the number one spot, Elon Musk further took shots at a handful of Most recently, he aired his grievances regarding the National Transportation Safety Board’s comments and reviews regarding his all-electric vehicle company.
Much of Elon Musk’s address following his receipt of the award touched on complaints about Bezos and the auto industry’s treatment of Tesla overall.
“I felt [the National Transportation Safety Board] pursued press headlines over real safety,” Musk claimed. According to the news outlet, he believes the agency has unfairly singled out his company. Most concerns surround Tesla crashes, fires, and “self-driving” features, the latter often the topic of most Tesla headlines.
Of the situation and media’s supposed attack on the upscale auto company, the Tesla CEO stated, “That’s obviously [something] I do not respect, nor should be respected.”