Elon Musk Reportedly Demanded to Become Apple CEO as Part of Potential Tesla Acquisition [Update: Musk Denies]

Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly once demanded that he be made Apple CEO in a brief discussion of a potential acquisition with Apple's current CEO, Tim Cook. The claim comes in a new book titled "Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century," as reviewed by The Los Angeles Times.

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According to the book, during a 2016 phone call between Musk and Cook that touched on the possibility of Apple purchasing Tesla, Musk told Cook that a purchase of Telsa by Apple could only go forward if he became CEO of the combined company.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk are talking on the phone. The 2016 unveiling of the make-it-or-break-it Model 3 is coming soon, but Tesla is in serious financial trouble. Cook has an idea: Apple buys Tesla.

Musk is interested, but one condition: “I’m CEO.”

Sure, says Cook. When Apple bought Beats in 2014, it kept on the founders, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.

No, Musk says. Apple. Apple CEO.

“F— you” Cook says and hangs up.

Elon Musk has previously claimed that he once reached out to Tim Cook to "discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla." Cook, according to Musk, declined to take the meeting. The new book claims that while a meeting never took place, a phone call between the two CEOs did. It is worth noting, however, that during an interview with The New York Times' Kara Swisher in April, Cook said he had never spoken to Musk but has "great admiration and respect" for Tesla.

Update: In a tweet, Elon Musk is denying the contents of the book, calling it both "false and boring."

Update 2: Musk has shared another tweet explicitly denying that he and Cook have ever spoken or written to each other, reiterating his statements from months ago that he had at one point requested a meeting with Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla but that Cook refused the meeting.

Top Rated Comments

iamMacPerson Avatar
25 weeks ago

“F— you” Cook says, and hangs up.
Honestly I would’ve said and done the same thing
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Motionblurrr Avatar
25 weeks ago
Lmao, Tim Cook is a savage. Steve Jobs was very adamant to have him as next CEO before he passed, for good reason. Other CEOs would’ve either caved or reject him nicely.

Elon Musk is nothing but a tech conman. He peddles his half baked garbage to the tech nerds with deep wallets. He’s not funny at all and using 14 year old memes isn’t a personality.

“F— you” - Tim Cook lmao
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mad4WDW Avatar
25 weeks ago
Defo lies. It would've been Duck You
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
masteroflondon Avatar
25 weeks ago
Anyone else I'd refuse to believe this, but Elon Musk? Maybe it's true. In which case there is not enough laughter in the world to respond to this demand.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
theapplehead Avatar
25 weeks ago

Tim Cook said the f word ???. He was right to hang up on him.
I swear Musk was just screwing with Cook. He never would’ve sold Tesla and that was his was of saying it
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tymmz Avatar
25 weeks ago
If true I'm glad this didn't happen. I like reading about any Apple related news and rumours. I can't imagine seeing or listening to Musk any more than I already have to.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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