"This past year has been the most hard and painful year of my career", he told the paper, adding that it had been "excruciating".
Musk admitted that he has been charging full speed ahead in all directions - with the production of his electric-car company's first mass-market vehicle, the Tesla Model 3, and with the many business and personal obligations he says have begun to affect his health.
In the newspaper's account of the interview, published Friday, Musk said he was working up to 120 hours a week and sometimes takes Ambien to get to sleep. Is there someone who can do the job better? Members of the Tesla Board of Directors have anxious Elon doesn't sleep after taking Ambien. he tweets, and it has caused the company problems. most recently when he tweeted he wanted to take the company private. Over the past few months, Musk dressed down stock analysts for asking "bonehead" questions and called a cave diver who helped rescue a Thai soccer team "pedo guy". You borrow shares through a broker to sell high, then buying them back after the stock price falls.
Musk's revelation, in a Thursday interview with The New York Times, came as government regulators are reportedly investigating whether his recent out-of-the-blue tweet about taking Tesla private violated disclosure requirements.
"It seemed like better karma at $420 than at $419", he told the NYT. I've had friends come by who are really concerned'. People familiar with board members claim that the board is also aware that Musk has previously used recreational drugs.
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He said he remained committed to his roles of chairman and chief executive but also claimed he would step aside if a good candidate emerged, adding: 'Is there someone who can do the job better? The company, which makes electric cars as well as batteries and solar panels, has been hit by questions about the production ramp-up for its Tesla Model 3 auto and its workplace practices.
In a blog post earlier this week, Musk said that the "funding secured" tweet referred to conversations he had with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, which left him believing there was "no question" that a deal could be closed.
Musk does not regret his twitter post and told the interviewer, "Why would I?"
"It's not been great, actually", he said. "But from a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come", Musk told The New York Times.
He launched a fresh attack short-sellers betting Tesla shares will fall, saying they were to blame for his stress and he expected even more months of "extreme torture".
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Musk said he occasionally takes Ambien to help him sleep.
Musk feels that being a private company would allow Tesla to think long-term and focus less on quarterly results. Tesla's cars are wildly popular and the world would miss them if the shorts prove right. This week, Musk was said to have received a subpoena for more information, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Musk has a reputation for being an eccentric visionary.
Alongside that, Musk has been battling journalists and the public at large with Twitter outbursts and thoughts on taking Tesla private as it struggles to manufacture enough Model 3 cars to meet demand.
As for "funding secured", as it's now known, Musk says he woke up on August 7, worked out, and drove to the airport (in a Tesla Model S).
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"It's clear that Musk can not continue to run four companies at a time", said Stephen Diamond, an associate professor of law at Santa Clara University who specializes in corporate governance.