Elon Musk has reported he “instead hates” staying CEO of Tesla, telling a court docket that he would relatively target on engineering and layout concerns.
But, he added, he experienced to continue to be in cost of the electrical motor vehicle giant “or the organization was heading to die”.
The heated remarks arrived as Musk took the stand on the initial day of a demo to determine if the billionaire compelled Tesla into a $2.6bn (£1.9bn) acquisition of a solar panel firm, established by Musk and two of his cousins, in buy to bail the failing business out.
A group of Tesla shareholders allege that Musk was able to coerce Tesla board users into approving the offer since of the dimension of his stature at the firm and the force of his persona.
When the deal went by way of, Musk owned a 22% stake in the two Tesla and SolarCity.
“Due to the fact it was a inventory-for-stock transaction and I owned pretty much precisely the same proportion of equally there was no monetary attain,” he explained.
Musk also denies the claims that the acquisition was purely to save SolarCity from individual bankruptcy. He argued that SolarCity and Tesla have been a pure in good shape due to the fact they were being each sustainable companies, and rubbished the notion that he could drive all-around significant institutional investors like pension resources.
“Fidelity, T Rowe and Funds Group couldn’t treatment a lot less what I say,” he claimed, testifying underneath oath.
If the court docket finds that Musk was at fault in pushing for the acquisition, he could be compelled to repay the complete sum of $2.6bn, one particular of the premier settlements from an unique in historical past.
The Tesla manager is well worth an believed $168bn, according to Forbes.
In a further fiery instant on Monday, Musk took goal at Randall Baron, the attorney cross-inspecting him on the stand, calling him “a negative human currently being”.
When requested, Musk mentioned the remark was triggered by an incident at Mr Baron’s past firm, Milberg Weiss, where numerous previous companions pleaded responsible to spending kickbacks to get shareholders to sign up for course-motion satisfies towards businesses.
“You have been mentored by criminals, then you ongoing to be mentored by criminals and that’s why I you should not rely on you,” Mr Musk reported.
The entrepreneur, who has weathered a quantity of gaffes in the earlier – including smoking hashish on a reside podcast, reported that he jokes all over in purchase to produce no cost publicity for the enterprise.
“If we are entertaining persons, they would produce tales about us and we do not have to commit on promoting which would decrease the cost of our vehicles,” Mr Musk said.
He additional: “I do have a feeling of humour. I believe I’m funny.”