"Are you serious?" Stahl said, shocked. The company named Robyn Denholm, who was already on the board, as chairwoman. He stoked controversy all summer with his erratic behavior, taunting the SEC, calling a diver in the Thai cave rescue a "pedo" and capping the summer by appearing to smoke pot on the Joe Rogan podcast.
But Musk said "it's not realistic" to expect Denholm to watch over his actions because he remains the electric vehicle company's largest shareholder.
The complaint also claims Musk's plans were not discussed "with any potential financing partners, and he allegedly knew that the potential transaction was uncertain and subject to numerous contingencies".
"I guess we might make some mistakes, who knows?" "That's not realistic, in the sense that I'm the largest shareholder in the company, and I can just call for a shareholder vote and get anything done that I want", Musk told Stahl.
Musk reached a settlement with the SEC in late September that required him to pay $20 million and step down as Tesla's chairperson for a minimum of three years. "I do not respect the SEC", Musk said, according to a transcript provided in advance by the network. "I am the largest shareholder in the company".
When Musk was asked if he would like to go back to being chairman, he replied, "I prefer no titles at all".
But ultimately, it is Musk's fierce determination that drives Tesla's success - to achieve those goals the CEO more or less moved into the factory to troubleshoot bottlenecks and encourage his staff to work harder. Musk said he would not be interested. Well, because Elon admits that "punctuality is not my strong suit". The tweet sent Tesla's stock soaring.
Tesla makes the all-electric Model S, Model X and Model 3 at its sole auto plant in California, which it bought from a joint venture operated by GM and Toyota Motor Corp. "Some people use their hair", he said, "I used Twitter".