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Matt Levine

Elon Musk Isn’t The Nothing of Tesla

Despite deleting his title on Tesla’s website, his lawyer still filled in “CEO” on an official SEC filing.

Harmless nonsense or grave consequences? 

Harmless nonsense or grave consequences? 

Photographer: HEIKO JUNGE/AFP

This post originally appeared in Money Stuff

Did Elon Musk step down as chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. yesterday afternoon? Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I am going to say: No, no he did not. He announced on Twitter that he had “Deleted my Tesla titles last week to see what would happen. I’m now the Nothing of Tesla. Seems fine so far.” He seems — and honestly who knows, don’t take anything I or Musk or anyone else says about Musk too seriously — but he seems to mean that strictly literally: He means that he deleted his CEO and chairman titles from Tesla’s website. There’s a page listing “Management.” It used to say “Elon Musk — Chairman, Product Architect and CEO.” Now it says “Elon Musk.” This is not a thing. You can be chairman and CEO without having your website say “Chairman and CEO.” There’s no, like, legally binding effect of the website. It’s a website.