No Rest for the Richest

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Billionaire Elon Musk recently edged Jeff Bezos for the mythical title of richest person in the world, at least for now. Not surprisingly, the CEO of aerospace company SpaceX, electric car company Tesla, neurotechnology company Neuralink, and founder of The Boring Company has little time for sleep each day. 

An article on detailed a snippet of Musk’s life, mining quotes from a recent podcast. “I work a lot,” Musk stated matter of factly. “Normally, I’ll be in meetings at work until 1 or 2 in the morning. Saturday [and] Sunday, usually not, but sometimes.”

“So, how does Musk have time to do it all?” asks writer Taylor Locke. “He keeps his time sleeping to a minimum. Musk gets about six hours of sleep.” 

Musk reportedly tried sleeping less, but said total productivity decreases. “Musk has said that in the past he worked hundreds of hours a week,” writes Locke. “Sometimes the billionaire would even sleep on the floor under his desk at Tesla, the Wall Street Journal reported.” 

“There were times when, some weeks…I haven’t counted exactly, but I would just sort of sleep for a few hours, work, sleep for a few hours, work, seven days a week,” Musk told Kara Swisher in November 2018, recalling his effort to ramp up Tesla Model 3 production. “Some of those [weeks] must have been 120 hours or something nutty.”

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