Elon Musk is now worth $182.9 billion, which again makes him the wealthiest person on the planet but when Tesla CEO Musk was in trouble Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook refused to take a meeting with him.
During the darkest days of the Model 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of our current value). He refused to take the meeting.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2020
Musk said in a tweet that when Tesla was in trouble, he asked to discuss with Apple executives about a potential purchase of his company. Elon Musk wanted Tesla to succeed, so he was willing to sell his company but Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook refused to grant him this interview. So Elon Musk continued on his way and managed to save Tesla before everything changed since the beginning of 2020.
The growth of Tesla's market cap has been skyrocketing in recent months to the point that Tesla will probably soon have a market cap of at least $1,000 billion. Tesla will thus join a very closed club in which we find Apple.
Apple probably made a mistake at the time by refusing to listen to at least what Steve Jobs had to say.
Nevertheless, nothing says that Tesla would have had the same success if Apple had bought Tesla. Musk would not have had the free hand to advance Tesla as he has done in recent years. Apple could have imposed decisions that would have pushed Elon Musk to leave Tesla as well.
In fact, needless to say, this is a missed opportunity for Apple. Apple succeeded on its side, just as Tesla succeeded on its side. That's the way life goes.