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Elon Musk would get 'really angry' if staff weren't still working at 9pm

Elon Musk would get 'really angry' if staff weren't still working at 9pm

The Tesla billionaire is the focus of a new documentary, The Elon Musk Show

Elon Musk would get 'really angry' with staff who didn't work late, it has been claimed.

The Elon Musk Show is a new documentary that delves into the tech billionaire's life and rise to the top, speaking to his family, his friends, and even enemies.

Check out the trailer:

The first episode, which aired on the BBC last week, included an interview with Jim Ambras, who was a vice-president at Zip2.

Zip2 was launched by Musk and his brother as Global Link Information Network, and was later bought by Compaq in 1999.

Speaking in the doc, Ambras recalled that Musk would go around the office 'looking to see who was sitting at their cubes, and there weren't many people sitting at their cubes – it was 9 p.m'.

Adding: "And his face turned red, he was really angry that the entire company wasn't there in the office at 9 o'clock at night."

Elsewhere in the documentary, Branden Spikes, a systems engineer at Zip2, described Musk as an 'unusual fellow', claiming that he would sleep under his desk.

Spikes also remembers Musk as being a 'know-it-all', who believed that he knew 'just about everything'.

In his younger days, one colleague says Elon Musk would get angry if staff weren't working late.
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Since those early days, the South African has gone on to become the richest man on the planet, establishing companies like Tesla and SpaceX at the forefront of technological and scientific advancement.

However, it was reported this week that the 51-year-old had lost more than $100 billion of his fortune in just one year, having previously become the first person in history to be worth $300bn.

With promises to colonise Mars, creating humanoid robots and advances in autonomous driving systems, among other successes, Musk has managed to rake in huge levels of wealth as CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla.

So much so, in fact, that last November he made history when his worth passed the $300bn mark - making him the first person ever to do so.

Musk has reportedly lost $100bn in the past year.
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At the time, the increase in wealth was credited to Tesla’s rising stock price, surpassing many analysts’ predictions.

But according to a new report from Forbes, his fortune has since plummeted by more than $100bn, saying ‘a lot has happened’ in the period between last autumn and the present day.

This includes the ongoing saga of his Twitter purchase – and his reported plans to lay off 75 percent of its staff if the sale eventually goes ahead – and, in his personal life, secret twins with an employee and unconfirmed rumours that he was having an affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s ex-wife Nicole Shanahan, which Musk has denied.

The outlet explains that, from its peak on 4 November last year, Musk’s fortune has dropped by nearly 35 percent as of close of market on Thursday 20 October – or the equivalent of $320.3bn to $209.4bn.

Journalist Rachel Sandler reports that this fall is ‘almost entirely due to a sharp drop in the price of Tesla stock’, adding: "This month alone, Musk’s fortune is down $28 billion."

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Topics: Elon Musk, Tesla, Technology, US News