Elon Musk is a cocky son of a bitch.
But, I mean, can you blame him? Not only is he a billionaire, but the head of some of the innovative and influential companies of the past few years. Plus, he dated Amber Heard.
Shockingly, all of these things can really inflate a dude’s ego, making your long ties with your employees insignificant because, well, you’re Elon fucking Musk.
Take, for example, this excerpt from Musk’s biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by author Ashlee Vance, as summarized by Business Insider:
According to Vance, the assistant, Mary Beth Brown, asked Musk for a significant raise after she’d been working with him for 12 years. In response, Musk told Brown to take two weeks off, during which he would assume her responsibilities and see whether she was critical to his success.
When Brown returned, Musk told her he didn’t need her anymore.
Musk also told Vance that he offered Brown another position at the company but that she never returned to the office after that.
Yeah, I probably wouldn’t get a job working closely with this douche even if my life depended on it.
Marrying him without a prenup? Well, that’s another story…