According to an upcoming biography of the Tesla mogul, Elon Musk was rushed to the emergency room and required stitches and a tetanus shot after his brother Kimbal bit off a piece of flesh from his hand during a fight.
According to author Walter Isaacson, Kimbal Musk bit Elon Musk’s hand because he thought his brother was going to punch him in the face when they both ran the startup Zip2 more than two decades ago.
An excerpt from Isaacson’s biography was quoted by the news site Insider.
While they co-ran Zip2, which provided city guides for newspapers, the two brothers often had “arguments on the office floor,” according to Isaacson’s Elon Musk biography.
The fighting took place in full view of Zip2 employees because the company had no private offices, Isaacson reported.
“When we were under severe stress, we just didn’t notice anyone,” Kimbal Musk told Isaacson.
The Musk brothers ran Zip2 until they sold the company to Compaq Computer in 1999 for $305 million. Elon Musk pocketed $22 million from the sale, while Kimbal Musk earned $15 million.
Isaacson’s book details Kimbal Musk’s concerns about his brother’s social media habits, particularly the toll it took on electric car maker Tesla.
Kimbal Musk, a board member of the company run by his brother, is said to have been embarrassed by his brother’s antics on X.
“The big elephant in the room was that he behaved like a royal idiot,” Kimbal Musk is quoted as saying by Isaacson.
Elon Musk’s posts were “too nerve-wracking” for Kimbal Musk – so much so that he stopped following the former’s online activities, according to Isaacson.
Musk’s online post also earned him admonitions from industry colleagues.
Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav told Elon Musk that he was struggling to attract top advertisers because of the “self-destructive” way he ran the social media giant, according to a new report Book.
Media mogul Zaslav spoke with Musk for more than an hour during a tumultuous time for the company formerly known as Twitter, which it acquired for $44 billion last year.
According to Walter Isaacson’s biography of Musk, scheduled to be published on Tuesday, Zaslav urged Musk to focus on improving the company’s product.
It is unclear when the conversation took place.
The anecdote from Isaacson’s book was quoted over the weekend by the Wall Street Journal.
Isaacson’s book also describes Elon Musk’s difficulties in dealing with people, especially employees.
According to Isaacson, Musk once threatened to fire an employee of his rocket building company SpaceX, not knowing that the employee and his wife had just lost a newborn baby.
The SpaceX employee, a financial analyst, was questioned by Musk about an issue related to parts in the engine of the company’s Starship rocket.
According to Isaacson, Musk made it clear that he would demand the employee’s resignation if his job performance did not improve.
Gwynne Shotwell, president of Space, reportedly noted that the employee’s work performance had declined in the previous weeks because he and his wife had lost their baby, according to the book.
Musk was unaware of the couple’s ordeal, Isaacson reported.
The post has reached out to SpaceX, X and Warner Bros. Discovery for comment.
Musk acquired Twitter and made good on his promise to re-ban controversial figures whose accounts were suspended or disabled by previous management for violating content moderation policies.
The move by the self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” spooked advertisers who fled the platform and prompted Musk to crack down on “activist groups” that were “pressuring” brands “even though nothing has changed in terms of content moderation and we have everything.” “We did everything we could to appease the activists.”
“Extremely confused! They are trying to destroy free speech in America,” Musk added in a post on his social media platform just weeks after the takeover.
Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League last week after he claimed the civil rights group had falsely accused X of stoking anti-Semitism – causing advertisers to flee the site.
X vowed over the weekend to step up enforcement of content moderation rules related to anti-Semitic content.
Elon Musk has gotten into trouble for his social media habits.
In 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged him with securities fraud to mislead investors after he published an article suggesting he would take Tesla private for $420 per share.
The number “420” is a slang term in cannabis culture that refers to the consumption of marijuana and hashish.
Musk paid the SEC a settlement. As part of the agreement, he promised to have his social media posts verified.