Elon Musk hires his cousins to work at Twitter

Billionaire has already fired thousands of employees at the San Francisco-based comapn he bought for $44bn

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Wednesday 07 December 2022 18:12 GMT
Twitter employees film themselves as they count down to being fired

Elon Musk may have fired thousands of Twitter employees after buying the struggling social media platform for $44bn, but that has not stopped him from hiring his cousins to try and help turn around the company.

The billionaire’s cousins, James and Andrew Musk, who are sons of his uncle on his father’s side of the family, have joined the San Francisco-based company, according to Business Insider.

Sources told the outlet that Andrew Musk works on software engineering projects, while James Musk is “a fixer type” who works with the Tesla CEO on projects.

Since Mr Musk took over Twitter in October, despite months of trying to get out of the deal, around 70 per cent of the company’s 7,500 employees have been fired or resigned.

This includes all of the top executives, who were fired on Mr Musk’s first day in charge of Twitter.

Mr Musk has brought in employees for his other companies, including engineers from Tesla and The Boring Company.

Some employees are now sleeping at the company’s headquarters in office space that has been turned into bedrooms after Mr Musk instituted a new “hardcore” work culture.

San Francisco city building inspectors are now investigating that situation, according to KQED.

“We need to make sure the building is being used as intended,” a spokesperson for the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection told the radio station.

And earlier this week janitors who clean Twitter’s headquarters have also gone on strike, with the SEIU Local 87 union saying that Mr Musk has not renovated their contract with Flagship the company that employs them.

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