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Elon Musk says he’s ‘thinking of’ quitting jobs to become an influencer

Elon Musk says he’s ‘thinking of’ quitting jobs to become an influencer

Elon Musk is the world’s richest man, but now it seems he’s considering stepping away from the positions that helped him amass his billions... to become an influencer.

Just imagine flicking through your Instagram stories to find Musk flogging a product and telling his followers to use the code MUSK20, SPACEX or X Æ A-Xii for twenty per cent off your order - now that would be quite a sight.

In a tweet to his 65.9m followers, the Space X and Tesla CEO asked for their opinion on the matter and wrote: “thinking of quitting my jobs & becoming an influencer full-time wdyt [what do you think?]”.

As a prolific tweeter who has a history of loving to troll people on the platform, this perhaps is just Musk horsing around with his followers. Though, he hasn’t made it clear whether he was being serious about pondering a potential career move.

The post comes after US securities filings on Thursday show Musk sold 934,091 Tesla shares worth nearly $1bn.

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The 50-year-old’s tweet received 300,000 likes and over 22,000 retweets, along with plenty of comments from people giving their input as to whether Musk should swerve into a different career lane.

Paris Hilton seems to give the tech mogul her approval, tweeting her iconic catchphrase: “That’s hot” in response.

Though not so sure he’s too keen on starting a YouTube channel if this response is anything to go by...

But, YouTuber MrBeast has offered his expertise to help Musk get views on the platform - could we see a potential video collaboration perhaps?

While another person pointed out that Musk could already be considered an influencer in some kind of form, given that he has tens of millions of followers and his tweets instantly gain thousands of likes within seconds.

His opinions and tweets also influence the price of cryptocurrency’s, for example when in May this year when Musk tweeted that Tesla would no longer accept bitcoin as payment due to environmental concerns - the price of bitcoin dropped by 15 per cent as a result.

Of course, the topic of OnlyFans would come up in this influencer discussion and this account made it known that they would be Musk’s first subscriber if he were ever to set up a page.

To which Musk appeared to consider the idea, and replied: “Maybe I will...” guess we’ll have to watch this space then...

Despite deliberating quitting his jobs on Twitter, Musk said back in January he expects to remain CEO of Tesla “for several years,” Reuters reported.

“It would be nice to have a bit more free time on my hands as opposed to just working day and night, from when I wake up to when I go to sleep 7 days a week. Pretty intense,” he said.

The billionaire made headlines last month after he sold 3 per cent of his Tesla holdings worth $5bn (£3.7bn).

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