A frenzied video shows Tesla's CEO traveling the equivalent of six times flying around the world on a private plane at $ 99 million during the year that he has described as "… unsustainable".
Last year, Tesla flew his billionaire president and CEO, Elon Musk, the equivalent of six times around the world in a private jet – and this hypnotic video shows his dizzying flight routes.
The technology entrepreneur traveled more than 241,400 km flying the United States, Asia and Europe on a jet, a $ 98.7 million Gulfstream G650ER in 2018, based on flight records obtained by The Washington Post.
There were 250 flights for business and leisure, equivalent to about six trips around the world.
And as the video shows, the action was mostly in California, where Mr. Musk lives in a mansion in Bel Air, Los Angeles.
He is also a regular at the San Jose Airport, located near the Tesla headquarters, in Palo Alto, as well as the airport located near the SpaceX headquarters, in Hawthorne, in the southwest from Los Angeles County.
Mr Musk stated that he had never flown from one part of Los Angeles to the other, but that sometimes the jet had to be driven to the airport the most. close to where he needed to be taken care of, according to The Post.
But other flights on the private jet sent Mr Musk to other parts of the world, such as Thailand, where he delivered, according to controversy, a mini submarine to save a football team and his coach trapped in a cave.
The billionaire has also flown to Chile, Jordan and Israel for holidays.
Other US domestic flights aboard the plane include tours to Texas, where Mr. Musk visited the HBO series Westworld, Seattle, where SpaceX has an office, and New York, where he attended the Met Gala with her friend from the time, the electro musician Grimes. in May.
If you think it's all part of a typical high-flying year for a general manager – well, not really.
The Post reported that Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos – the richest man in modern history – had made 100 fewer flights than Mr Musk in 2018.
And Apple has spent $ 131,000 on flights for its CEO, Tim Cook, in 2017, a mere dot on the $ 987,000 Tesla awarded to Mr. Musk's air travel that year.
Apple has achieved 19 times the turnover of Tesla in 2017.
Mr. Musk's high performance in 2018 was also a year of upheaval for Tesla, during which Mr. Musk said that the electric car maker was losing up to $ 141 million a week and on the brink to collapse.
Last month, Tesla announced plans to lay off about 7% of its workforce, in addition to a job cut in June.
Tesla stated that the company did not cover the cost of Mr. Musk's personal travel and that his air travel was part of the job.
"Until we can teleport, there is unfortunately no other solution that would allow him to do his job as efficiently," Tesla spokesman Dave Arnold said. Post.
Mr Musk told The New York Times that 2018 had been a "bitter" year for him, as he worked up to 120 hours a week and had trouble sleeping.
The 47-year-old said that he sometimes did not leave the Tesla factory for three or four days in a row and that he had not taken off anymore. 39, one week at a time since he had contracted malaria in 2001.
"It's really done to the detriment of seeing my children, and seeing friends," he told The Times.
He also admitted to having spent the 24 hours of his birthday at work.
"All night – no friends, nothing," he says.