With Friends Like Elon Musk, Who Needs Enemies?

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readJul 27, 2022

Inside the mind of the world’s greatest narcissist.

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A few days ago, news emerged that the world’s wealthiest man had shagged the missus of his good mate, Sergei Brin, the founder of Google. And what’s more, this bit of salacious information was cited in the divorce proceedings of the Russian-American.

No where in Brin’s head would he have foreseen this sort of betrayal from someone whom he counted as a close friend.

And the friendship between the two goes back to the late 90s when Brin and Page were taking major steps in building world beating technology, and Musk with Thiel were breaking new ground with finance technology in silicon valley.

The intervening years have been quite kind to these players in ways that even they would have had profound difficulty envisaging; a collective worth of several hundreds of billions of dollars with the strong likelihood of greater success ahead.

But given our protagonist’s instincts, it seemed only natural that he would covet that which wasn’t his, even if it meant destroying decades of friendship.

And this pattern of behaviour isn’t at unusual with Musk.

It was precisely why he and Jack Dorsey fell out spectacularly, when the former decided to buy Twitter, only to do a volte face, when he felt like it.

It was also why Thiel, as much of a sociopath that he was, was compelled to push the South African out of the company that they had built together, way back then.

The wealthiest man in the world is a special kind of malignant narcissistic psychopath and fits the Wikipedia definition of the term:

psychological syndrome comprising an extreme mix of narcissism, antisocial behavior, aggression, and sadism.Grandiose, and always ready to raise hostility levels, the malignant narcissist undermines families and organizations in which they are involved, and dehumanizes the people with whom they associate

In any sane world, people like Musk would be penalized for his bad behaviour, instead, we celebrate him.

Why?

We worship almighty mammon and it doesn’t matter for a nanosecond if the individual with so much wealth…

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Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible