Elon Musk’s biographer says that billionaire can ‘hardly remember’ his ‘demon-like outbursts’ and he has been ‘volatile his whole life’
- Walter Isaacson’s much-anticipated memoir about the world’s richest man has been plugged as a deep-dive into the dark psychology of the Twitter tsar
- Ahead of its release tomorrow the writer revealed that Musk often has ‘demon-like outbursts’ but he can hardly even remember them once the red mist fades
- The biography reportedly also contains gory details about the time Musk’s brother Kimbal bit a chunk of flesh from his hand during a fight in the 1990s
Elon Musk has frequent ‘demon-like outbursts’ but he can hardly even remember them once the red mist has faded, according to his biographer.
Speaking ahead of the book’s release on Tuesday September 12, Isaacson said he believes the SpaceX founder has been ‘volatile his whole life’.
‘He has so many personalities, almost like multiple personalities,’ the 71-year-old author told MSNBC.
‘He’ll go from being very giddy, or being in engineering mode where he can figure out the valve of a (SpaceX rocket) Raptor engine, and suddenly the clouds come.
‘And the amazing thing is after he’s gone dark and been demon-like and really tough on people, he’ll snap out of it.
‘And then I’ll ask him, what was that all about, and he hardly remembers it.
‘When you ask what it’s like dealing with Elon Musk… well there are many Elon Musks in this book.’
Isaacson previously said the term ‘demon mode’ was coined by music artist Grimes, the mother to the most recent three of 52-year-old Musk’s 11 children.
Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, is also making headlines after issuing a ceasefire with one of the billionaire’s other baby mamas over their turbulent lines of communication and access to her children.
Isaacson said chronicling Musk’s life became ‘a hell of a lot more of a rollercoaster ride’ after he bought Twitter and rebranded it as X – which is also when the darker side of his personality began to emerge more clearly in the public sphere.
The biography also reportedly includes gory details about a fight between Musk and his younger brother Kimbal.
Isaacson writes that Kimbal ‘tore off a hunk of flesh’ from his older brother’s hand as they wrestled on the floor of Zip2’s office where they worked together in the 1990s, according to Insider.
Kimbal is said to have launched the rabid attack because he thought Elon was about to punch him in the face – and it left the billionaire needing stitches and a tetanus jab in the emergency room.
Isaacson will be releasing his Elon exposé tomorrow, adding to the collection of big-name biographies he has previously penned on the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger.
He spent two years observing Musk go about his daily life and conducted interviews with him and members of his family to build a picture of his life.
His book chronicles Musk’s rise to fame through his SpaceX ventures, selling a million cars through Tesla, and becoming the richest man alive.