Branson warns Elon Musk to look after his health after Tesla
billionaire is revealed to have psychotic break with reality
the SpaceX founder's friends voiced concerns about his
workaholic ways and use of sedatives to fall asleep, Sir
Richard advised him to 'delegate more'
SpaceX boss Elon Musk has been told to chill out and “find time
for his health”.
Richard Branson offered some words of wisdom in the wake of the
tech tycoon’s erratic public declarations, including confessing
he took Ambien to help him sleep.
Virgin Galactic founder was commenting on Mr Musk during a
television interview on the race between both men and Amazon
boss Jeff Bezos to launch thefirst
commercial space flight.
Singapore-based anchor Nancy Hungerford asked him today: “When
it comes to Elon Musk he obviously has his hands full. He’s come
under [fire from] both the regulatory side and the media. What
advice would you give him?”
Richard replied that Mr Musk needed to delegate more, adding:
“You know, it’s important he’s got to find time for himself.
got to find time for his health and for his family. And you know
he’s a wonderfully creative person. He shouldn’t be getting very
should find a fantastic team of people around him and still jump
in on all the major issues. And you know, I think the reason
that I’ve had such an enjoyable life and a long life has been
finding wonderful people to run our companies.
think that learning the art of delegation better would be his
Musk has admitted having a tough year after he was blasted for
labelling one of the brave helpers involved with the Thai cave
rescue operation a “paedo” on Twitter – despite having no proof
to back his allegation.
August he got into trouble with the US Securities and Exchange
Commission for declaring he had secured financing for a Tesla
a result Tesla and Mr Musk – under a settlement – were told to
pay a £15million ($20million) penalty. Mr Musk also had to
resign as Tesla’s chairman.
said recently: “This past year has been the most difficult and
painful year of my career. It was excruciating.”
an interview with the New York Times, the workaholic said he
didn’t leave the Tesla factory for days at a time, and
frequently clocked up 120-hour working weeks.
also admitted taking pills to go to sleep – usually Ambien –
telling the Times: “It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien”.
Musk said his friends were “really concerned” about the toll on
health, particularly as his insatiable work ethic sees him
regularly work 120-hour weeks.
were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four
days – days when I didn’t even go outside,” he revealed.
has really come at the expense of seeing my kids, and seeing