SINGAPORE (July 23): Elon Musk, once among the world’s most respected tech personalities, is driving fans away with some bizarre tweets. Seemingly unhappy that his offers to help rescue a Thai football team from a flooded cave network were rebuffed, Musk has been taking to Twitter to criticise members of the rescue team. Most shockingly, he called Vernon Unsworth, a cave expert who was instrumental in the mission, a “pedo guy”, supposedly a reference to the word paedophile.

The outbursts prompted Gene Munster, managing partner at venture capital firm Loup Ventures, to pen an open letter chiding the Tesla CEO. “Your behaviour is fuelling an unhelpful perception of your leadership — thin-skinned and short-tempered,” Munster wrote in a letter posted “on behalf of investors who believe in you and your mission”.

Musk has since deleted the pedo comment and apologised. But the incident may deepen investor concerns about Musk and his electric vehicle (EV) company. Shares in Tesla declined 3.9% on July 16, after Musk’s “pedo” comment, though they rebounded 4.1% a day later.

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