'Most hard, painful year': Elon Musk in tears in new interview

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Meanwhile, regulators are also looking into the "funding secured" affair after Musk tweeted that he is ready to take Tesla private at a price of US$420 a share and he has already found the money to do so.

And while he says he's open to someone else taking over from him, Musk also reckons that there's no-one who could do any better.

The Tesla CEO recently admitted in an hourlong interview with the New York Times that he was getting exhausted, and that the pressure from the Model 3 ramp and attacks from TSLA short-sellers are contributing to his stress.

In one weird moment in July, Musk labeled a British caver a "pedo" - or pedophile - after the rescuer dismissed the Tesla chief's idea for bringing 12 trapped Thai boys to safety in a miniature submarine.

Hansen alleged that Tesla, at the direction of Musk, installed surveillance equipment at the Gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada to eavesdrop on the personal cellphones of employees while at work, according to Meissner. Rather than put him to sleep, the drug has sometimes led Musk to spend his nights on Twitter, worrying some board members, the newspaper said, citing a person familiar with the board's thinking.

Musk has a reputation for being an eccentric visionary but his sudden announcement of a potential buyout raised a huge ruckus and pushed Tesla's shares up 11 per cent in a day. "There were times when I didn't leave the factory for three or four days - days when I didn't go outside", Musk said. "I've had friends come by who are really concerned", Musk said.

"It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien", he said.

The 47-year-old is facing mounting pressure and an SEC investigation over a tweet sent last week claiming to have "secured funding" to take Tesla private.

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A choked up Elon Musk has described 2018 as the most painful and excruciating year of his career.

Musk also came under fire during the rescue of 12 children from a cave in Thailand where officials dismissed his plan to save them with a miniature submarine created by his rocket company SpaceX.

It would be a great understatement to say that Elon Musk has not been having a good time of late. "It seems odd that Mr. Hansen would claim that he is concerned about something happening within the company, but then refuse to engage with the company to discuss the information that he believes he has".

He described spending every hour of his 47th birthday in June at work and nearly missing his brother's wedding. The upcoming meeting with the SEC will reportedly be focused on how Musk announced and handled the aftermath of his tweet last week, when he stated that funding was "secured" for Tesla's possible privatization at $420 per share. "Some board members are also aware that Mr. Musk has on occasion used recreational drugs, according to people familiar with the matter".

"If you have anyone who can do a better job, please let me know", is the Elon quote the interview ends with.

"They can have the job. They can have the reins right now".

On Monday, the Tesla boss explained in a blog post that his much scrutinized statements about financing were based on his conversations with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other investors.

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