An anecdote that paints Elon Musk as a ruthless boss from Ashlee Vance's 2015 New York Times bestseller, "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," was resurfaced Wednesday. And though Musk is busy running a gaggle of companies all trying to change the world, he is not too busy to set the record straight.
The story "is total nonsense," says Musk, who commented on Thursday.
Vance wrote that when Musk's assistant of 12 years, Mary Beth Brown, asked for a raise, Musk told her to take two weeks off. Musk took on Brown's duties, so the story goes, and when she returned from vacation, Musk let her go because he realized he didn't need her.
The CEO of Tesla and Space X categorically refuted the story in a string of tweets.
"Ashlee Vance's biography is mostly correct, but also rife with errors and never independently fact-checked, despite my request that he do so. Of all the bogus anecdotes, this one troubles me the most. Ashlee never actually ran this story by me or my assistant. It is total nonsense.
"Mary Beth was an amazing assistant for over 10 years, but as company complexity grew, the role required several specialists vs one generalist," Musk tweets. "MB was given 52 weeks of salary and stock in appreciation for her great contribution and left to join a small firm, once again as a generalist."