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Elon Musk Addresses Health Concerns

By Rob Lenihan,


The Tesla CEO acknowledges that the last three months 'were extremely tough' as he took over Twitter.

Elon Musk knows he's been working hard.

On Feb. 5, the Tesla ( TSLA ) - Get Free Report CEO responded on Twitter to a Wall Street Journal article about his stressful life since his $44 billion acquisition of the microblogging website in October.

"Last 3 months were extremely tough, as had to save Twitter from bankruptcy, while fulfilling essential Tesla & SpaceX duties. Wouldn’t wish that pain on anyone," he tweeted . "Twitter still has challenges, but is now trending to breakeven if we keep at it. Public support is much appreciated!"

The struggles involved in the Twitter overhaul has been a cause of concern among Musk followers, who are worried about the health of the self-proclaimed "Chief Twit," as well as Tesla investors who believe that the acquisition is distracting Musk from his duties at the electric vehicle maker.

"I go to sleep, I wake up, I work, go to sleep, wake up, work—do that seven days a week,” Musk told investor Ron Baron at a November conference, the Journal noted. “I’ll have to do that for a while—no choice—but I think once Twitter is set on the right path I think it is a much easier thing to manage than SpaceX or Tesla.”

Musk also said his work schedule has grown to 120 hours a week from 80 hours prior to the Twitter deal.

And during testimony his recent securities fraud trial in San Francisco, from which Musk emerged victorious , said he had trouble sleeping and apologized for "squirming around" due to “quite severe back pain.”

Last year, Musk tweeted a photo of himself tangling with a sumo wrestler in response to Binance CEO Changpeng Zha.

"Managed to throw him, but it cost me smashing my c5-c6 disc & 8 years of mega back pain! Finally fixed with c5-c6 disc fusion," he said .

Since the end of October and the finalization of his acquisition of Twitter, the billionaire has been involved in five major companies. Three of them -- Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter -- play highly symbolic roles in their respective fields of activity. The other two companies are Neuralink and The Boring Company.

Tesla posted stronger-than-expected fourth quarter earnings on Jan. 25, and even as cost cuts ate into the company's profit margins Musk said he planned to outpace his forecast for a 50% annual delivery growth rate.

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