Elon Musk is one of the wealthiest men on the planet, so as you can imagine, it hasn't taken long for people to start questioning him on what he's going to do during the coronavirus outbreak. More specifically, how he is going to help... given he's got a ton of money and all.
Well, just days after his controversial pledge, Musk stepped up to help...
But now, well Musk has done something truly bizarre. He's posted one tweet which has wiped $14 billion off Tesla's value...
Keep scrolling to see what he said.
Elon Musk is a very wealthy man.
via: Getty ImagesBeing the founder, CEO and Chief Engineering Designer of SpaceX and Tesla, he has an awful lot going for him.
But he had a little bit of an accident last year...
via: Getty ImagesWhen unveiling Tesla's latest Cyber truck design in November, Musk got, for lack of a better word, a bit cocky.
He claimed that the automobile was unbreakable...
via: Getty ImagesSo confident in the shatterproof design, he asked Tesla design chief Franz von Holshausen to throw a ball at the Cybertrucks window.
Maybe he threw it a little hard...
"It worked in rehearsals..."
Franz throws steel ball at Cybertruck window right before launch. Guess we have some improvements to make before pr… https://t.co/CKb9LTjydR— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1574482077.0
Inevitably the incident led to people savagely mocking Tesla.
@tailosivetech @elonmusk Put Tesla glass on the next iPhone— Amber 💕🧡 (@Amber 💕🧡)1574482508.0
The general design of the Tesla Cybertruck also raised some eyebrows...
People were mocking Elon directly.
Not that Musk seemed to care...
Elon Musk is certainly a man who knows what he's doing...
via: Getty ImagesMusk is a seriously smart guy, and it wouldn't shock us if the Cybertruck is the future of automobiles.
Musk certainly wasn't finished with the Cybertruck...
The design was highly-anticipated...
It is a very fast model...
via: Getty ImagesTesla says the launch version, first confirmed during the launch event for the new Tesla Semi lorry in California, will feature 10,000nm of torque (7376lb ft) from 3 motors. It can hit 60mph in 1.9 seconds, half-a-second quicker than the current fastest-accelerating Tesla, the Model S P100D.
He is no stranger to a fast car...
via: Getty ImagesMusk said the successor to Tesla’s first production car, which went off sale 6 years ago, can accelerate from zero to 100mph in 4.2 seconds and complete a quarter-mile sprint in 8.9 seconds.
Last week, Musk weighed in on the coronavirus pandemic...
via: Getty ImagesAnd he made it clear he wasn't planning on sitting back, despite having previously been accused of "playing down" the pandemic.
Although it hasn't been without a nudge from good old Twitter.
@elonmusk @fawadchaudhry Please repurpose your factory to make ventilators which are needed ASAP. I am a Tesla owne… https://t.co/vB6MCjVvty— Raja Sohail Abbas (@Raja Sohail Abbas)1584589791.0
@suhaylabbas @fawadchaudhry We will make ventilators if there is a shortage— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1584589949.0
Musk is following in the footsteps of other motor companies who are also promising to help.
In fact, people are less than impressed with his response.
@elonmusk @suhaylabbas @fawadchaudhry Elon, WE NEED VENTILATORS, we need them asap. Right now, I have folks home SE… https://t.co/YQ0afY8tB5— K. Sennholz MD (@K. Sennholz MD)1584593392.0
Then he stepped up his game.
via: Getty Images
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference on Monday that Elon Musk has followed through on his promise and has delivered one-thousand ventilators to help strained California hospitals treat patients diagnosed with the virus.
Newsom described the act as "heroic."
via: Getty Images"I told you a few days ago that [Musk] was likely to have 1,000 ventilators this week," he said. "They've arrived in Los Angeles... It was a heroic effort."
It's about time something was done about the shortage of medical equipment across hospitals currently.
@elonmusk @suhaylabbas @fawadchaudhry There is a shortage. Why aren’t you making them?— Ian Miles Cheong (@Ian Miles Cheong)1584593728.0
But now Musk has done something truly bizarre.He's wiped billions off Tesla's worth with just one single tweet.
$14 billion to be precise.While Musk isn't a stranger to posting controversial tweets, this is surely his most expensive tweet yet.
But just what did he say?
Tesla stock price is too high imo— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1588345886.0
Tesla stock price is too high imo.
And investors immediately bailed!
@elonmusk Elon there are people’s lives savings in this, people that support this like no other company in history.… https://t.co/IT837J1mX3— Incentives (@Incentives)1588346499.0
Wtf Elon! You own the company, you can’t say shit like this. You just cost me thousands of dollars within seconds. I’m a model 3 owner, long stock owner and you do this? Extremely disappointing!Another said:
Dude…I just lost $10k because of this tweet. Wtf is wrong with u [sic]’