Source - Elon Musk once passed out during a Moscow meeting in which he had several shots of vodka, Walter Isaacson's new biography of Musk says.
The SpaceX CEO told Isaacson that, before founding the company in 2002, he instead wanted to launch a mission that would inspire public interest in space exploration. His first plan, called "Mars Oasis," involved sending a greenhouse to Mars.
So Musk recruited a rocket engineer named Jim Cantrell, and along with Adeo Ressi — the Founder Institute CEO who's Musk's former college housemate — they arranged a business meeting with a group of unnamed Russian businesspeople to negotiate buying rockets, the book says.
The journey included a stopover in Paris, Isaacson wrote, where a late night of partying left Musk "ragged" upon arriving in the Russian capital.
Then, in the back room of a Moscow restaurant, the lunchtime meeting involved "small bites of food interspersed with large shots of vodka," the biography says. The Russians also gifted the trio a bottle of vodka each with custom labels showing pictures of each recipient on Mars.
"I calculated the weight of the food and the weight of the vodka, and they were roughly equal," Musk told Isaacson. And then, in the biographer's words, "Musk, who was holding his head up with his hand, passed out, and his head slammed into the table."
In the words of Kenny Powers, finally mother fucker. This is what I want to hear when I read about billionaires. I want partying, I want debauchery, I want displays of wealth so outlandish that it would make a prime Mike Tyson blush. I'm talking evil money. Money that's so vastly all encompassing that you can't even wrap your head around it. That's the kind of billionaires I want to read about and Elon is finally living up to the hype. Sure, he still lives in a $50,000 tiny-home in Boca Chica, Texas, but knowing that he has the potential to be a party animal is enough for me.
As for the actual partying? I would've paid to be a fly on the wall in that room. I mean imagine being drunk at a meeting to buy rockets? Not the Estes rockets you buy the second you cross the border in New Hampshire. Real life, human-carrying, rockets from the Russian government because you need a pet project to keep you busy.
The funniest part of this entire story is that Elon repeatedly says he hates to drink despite being constantly caught on camera drinking…
Back in January, Musk said he disliked "the taste or effects of most alcohol" but expressed a preference for red wine. The billionaire was also pictured drinking from a wine glass at the FIFA World Cup final in Qatar last year. And in 2017, Musk tweeted: "A little red wine, vintage record, some Ambien … and magic!"
Oh well. More power to him. If he wants to have a cocktail and buy some rockets who am I to judge? Lord knows I've made some questionable decisions while under the influence. Granted, mine usually involve a McDonalds value meal not $21 million dollar rockets but still, it is what it is. Never change, Elon. Never change.