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Elon Musk attracts management inspiration from Napoleon, biographer Walter Isaacson stated


Elon Musk is a historical past fanatic making an attempt to channel French tyrant Napoleon Bonaparte in his management model, the tech mogul’s biographer has revealed.

Walter Isaacson—whose biography of Musk is because of be launched subsequent month—stated the world’s richest man seeks inspiration from French emperor and navy dictator Napoleon Bonaparte on the way to lead.

Napoleon was dropped at energy in France following a coup within the late 18th century, and established a dictatorship quickly afterward.

“[Musk] likes navy historical past,” Isaacson informed Axios in an interview printed on Monday. “And he believes there are classes that apply to company life. For instance, he believes that wherever Napoleon was, that’s the place his armies would do finest. So [Musk] favored to indicate up late at evening on the meeting traces at Tesla and SpaceX.”

Isaacson, now a historical past professor at Tulane College, is a former editor of Time journal and ex-chairman of CNN. He has written biographies of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein.

To conduct analysis for his upcoming ebook, Isaacson shadowed Musk for 2 years, attending conferences and manufacturing facility visits with him, and spent hours interviewing the Tesla CEO and his mates, household and coworkers.

Musk had informed Isaacson throughout this time that he loved studying and listening to World Battle I historical past, and that he listened to a historical past podcast at evening.

In his ebook, Isaacson recounts an incident the place Musk spent an hour at SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch web site in Texas the place a Starship booster was being constructed.

“In the event that they see their common on the battlefield, they are going to be extra motivated,” Musk, who’s the house exploration agency’s chief government, reportedly informed Isaacson.

Musk added that he had “realized that by studying about Napoleon,” Issacson informed Axios.

Fortune reached out to representatives for Musk for touch upon Isaacson’s claims.

Musk has beforehand made headlines for his divisive techniques, constructing a repute for taking questionable approaches to folks administration.

Following his $44 billion Twitter acquisition in October, the corporate reportedly suffered a wave of resignations after he demanded workers signal an oath to work “lengthy hours at excessive depth.”

Final month a former Twitter government went viral on the platform—now referred to as X—with a collection of revelations about how the corporate was run below Musk. She described a “tradition of concern” the place workers have been “strolling on eggshells round Elon” and have been afraid to inform him the reality.

Staff at Musk’s different corporations Tesla and SpaceX have additionally gone public up to now with grievances about the way in which they have been handled at work.

‘Unlikely’ Musk v Zuckerberg battle will go forward

Extra lately, Musk—the richest man on earth, price $222 billion—has been making headlines along with his proposed bodily face-off in opposition to fellow tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

The 2 tech billionaires had beforehand agreed to face each other in a cage struggle to boost cash for charity, however after Musk stated he wanted an MRI earlier than confirming a date, Zuckerberg stated it was “time to maneuver on.”

In a publish on Musk’s X platform on Sunday, Isaacson stated wrote Musk had texted him at 4:44 a.m. CT sharing screenshots of messages allegedly despatched between himself and Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg.

In keeping with the textual content trade shared on Sunday, Musk requested Zuckerberg to “struggle in your Octagon” the next day. It was unclear if there was any response from Zuckerberg.

A Meta spokesperson didn’t reply to Fortune’s request for touch upon the messages.

When requested by Axios about whether or not he thought the cage struggle would go forward, Isaacson stated he “doesn’t make predictions in the case of Musk, nevertheless it appears unlikely.”

“I clearly assume that this entire cage match concept is totally ridiculous,” he informed the publication.


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