If you're a controversial industrialist billionaire playboy who likes salty tweets and pissing off the SEC, you might have a likability problem. People generally don't cotton to wealthy arrogant celebrities who make a point of being both victor and victim, it's a personality type that can often torpedos its possessor in the long term, and it is very difficult to hide...unless...
Larry Ellison holds a more than $1bn stake in Tesla, an regulatory filing has confirmed less than a fortnight after the billionaire Oracle founder was appointed to the board of the electric car maker.
So Elon Musk is still a genius.
There are but a handful of people in the world who can make Elon look humble, shy and lovely by comparison. Larry Ellison is one of those people, and he's giving Elon $1 billion for the privilege to help in this likability crusade.
During an analyst meeting in October, Mr. Ellison said Tesla was his second-largest investment, without giving further detail, and described himself as a “close friend” of Mr Musk. He had been critical of the media’s treatment towards Mr Musk, who last year also courted controversy by smoking marijuana during a live internet radio show and for comments aimed at a British diver during the Thailand cave rescue.
Help your bro, Lar! As a newly-minted Tesla board member you can do what Elon needs most: Next time Musky does something indefensibly douchey, you find the nearest news outlet and offer up "Elon's not an asshole. You want to see an asshole? I will show you an asshole!"