As though Elon Musk isn’t running enough organizations, he once may have recommended taking over as CEO of America’s most significant business, Apple.
Five years prior, amidst manufacturing delays and different issues tormenting Tesla’s arranged Model 3 dispatch, Musk is said to have had a call with Tim Cook during which the Apple (AAPL) CEO proposed purchasing Tesla. Musk said he’d do it, yet on one condition: “I’m CEO.” It reportedly took Cook a second to realize Musk implied taking his work.
That is as per a Los Angeles Times review of “Strategic maneuver: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century,” a forthcoming book by Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins, who covers Apple (AAPL), Tesla (TSLA) and other tech organizations. The review, distributed Friday, adds that Cook reportedly responded to Musk with a swearword and hung up the telephone.
For their part, Musk and Cook have denied truly speaking to each other.
In December, Musk revealed on Twitter that he had considered selling Tesla to Apple however said he never really conversed with Cook. Replying to a report about Apple’s arrangements to release a battery-powered, mass-market automobile, Musk said he reached out to Cook during the “most obscure days of the Model 3 program” about securing Tesla “for 1/10 of our current worth.”
“He refused to take the gathering,” Musk said.
Musk likewise denied that the cooperation described in the book occurred in a tweet on Friday, following the distribution of the book review.
“Cook and I have never spoken or kept in touch with one another ever,” Musk said, adding that he had once requested a gathering with Cook to examine Apple purchasing Tesla, yet that it didn’t occur and “there were no states of securing proposed at all.”
Higgins, the creator, responded to Musk’s Friday tweet saying the Tesla founder was offered “a lot of chances” to remark on the tale.
“This tale comes from Musk’s own record of the discussion, as indicated by individuals who heard the retelling at that point,” Higgins tweeted.
At the point when gotten some information about the book’s claims, Apple directed CNN Business to an April talk with Cook did with reporter Kara Swisher, who got some information about Musk saying he refused a gathering. “You know,” Cook responded, “I’ve never addressed Elon, in spite of the fact that I have great admiration and respect for the organization he’s constructed.”
Musk and Cook were captured sitting close to each other — with only Oracle (ORCL) CEO Safra Catz between them — in a gathering with former President Donald Trump in December 2016. It’s muddled if the two talked.
“Strategic maneuver” is set to be released on August 3