Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, once again mentioned the possibility of quitting his job on Thursday, Dec. 9. The world’s wealthiest man said he is “thinking of” resigning from his current position and becoming an influencer.
“Thinking of quitting my jobs & becoming an influencer full-time wdyt,” Musk tweeted in brief, without any clues left.
Whether Musk was serious about his quit-job intention or just captivated the public’s curiosity still remains unanswered.
In a conference call in January, the billionaire had also expressed his desire to serve as Tesla’s CEO for “several years.”
However, he added: “It would be nice to have a bit more free time on my hands as opposed to just working day and night, from when I wake up to when I go to sleep 7 days a week. Pretty intense,” Reuters cited his talk.
Musk sold Tesla stocks valued at $9.85 billion in November, and he has sold another $963.2 million of shares, The Hill reported, citing Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Musk’s current net worth is roughly $260.6 billion.
It is not the first time Musk has produced a controversial tweet. Last month, he raised a question for his Twitter followers, asking whether he should sell 10% of his automaker. Additionally, Musk has sold shares valued at around $12 billion.
Amid the fierce race for top-of-the-news positions on social media, Musk is renowned for his lively Twitter badinage and conversations with followers.
He was forced out of his position as Tesla’s chairman in 2018 after the Securities and Exchange Commission penalized him $20 million for his tweets.
However, Howard Fischer, a partner at law firm Moses & Singer, supposes that Musk’s latest tweets do not fall into the same trap as the previous one as it appears indefinite.
“I think that Musk’s social media comments are subject to a substantial discount, as it were, by the market, as compared to other executives,” Fischer added.