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‘War General’ Elon Musk relocates to Texas from California

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Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk attends an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y programme in Shanghai, China January 7, 2020. (File Photo: REUTERS/Aly Song)

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Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday he had relocated to Texas from California as he wants to focus more on the new Tesla Inc plant and his SpaceX venture.

Musk confirmed the move in an interview with Matt Murray, the Wall Street Journal‘s editor in chief.

“The two biggest things that I got going on right now are the Starship development in South Texas … and then the big new U.S. factory for Tesla,” the 49-year-old Tesla chief said.

“It wasn’t necessarily a great use of my time here (in California)”.

Texas might potentially offer some tax reprieve for the world’s second richest man. It does not collect personal income tax while California has some of the highest state tax rates in the United States.

Musk: “”If you find yourself spending a lot of time giving presentations and reviewing spreadsheets, you’re barking up the wrong tree.”

A 670 per cent rally in Tesla shares this year has boosted Musk’s net worth from US$27 billion to US$155 billion, just behind Amazon.com Inc’s Jeff Bezos, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

In a conversation touching a wide range of topics including government intervention, technology companies and corporate policy, Musk criticised CEOs of other U.S. companies for not focusing enough on their products.

“If you find yourself spending a lot of time giving presentations and reviewing spreadsheets, you’re barking up the wrong tree,” Musk said.

WAR GENERAL MUSK

The billionaire also compared himself to a war general and said, “If you think about war … do you want the general in some like ivory tower or on the front lines? The troops are going to fight a lot harder if they see the general on the front lines.”

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the automobile awards “Das Goldene Lenkrad” given by a German newspaper in Berlin, Germany, November 12, 2019. (File Photo: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Musk said tech companies in Silicon Valley had too much influence on the world and predicted a decrease in their power.

On Tesla’s move to raise US$5 billion in capital, he said: “We thought we can retire a lot of the debt and increase the security of the company … have more of a war chest.”

Musk has earned Tesla stock options related to his 2018 pay package that are currently worth almost US$20 billion.

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