Elon Musk has poked fun at shirtless pictures of him flaunting his bare chest while partying on a yacht in Mykonos – tweeting ‘free the nip!’
The world’s richest man was snapped looking very pale enjoying a drink on the boat just off the Greek island on Sunday.
The Space X founder, 51, was trying to catch some rays to get some color in his bleached skin ahead of his legal showdown with Twitter later today.
Tesla CEO Musk assured his investors that he was ‘already back in the factory’, after replying to a post on social media calling him a ‘smart’ investor.
An investor posted a picture of the Tesla CEO, writing: ‘F*** yea I got my $ behind this man. So so many other smart investors.’
Posting on Twitter, hours before the company take him to court over backing out of his $44billion takeover, Musk replied: ‘Haha damn, maybe I should take off my shirt more often … free the nip!! (already back in the factory btw).’
Musk, 51, mocked the pictures of himself after they were posted on twitter – telling his investors that he should ‘go shirtless’ more often. He then quipped ‘free the nip!’ ahead of his legal showdown with Twitter
He also bragged that he was ‘already back in the factory’ after his weekend of fun on board a yacht off the Greek island of Mykonos, soaking up the sun while cruising the Mediterranean
The Space X founder made a tongue in cheek comment about the topless pictures to an investor who had called him ‘smart’
Twitters stock has increased by 0.020 per cent today ahead of their legal battle with the Tesla CEO
The businessman enjoyed the water before climbing on board and drying off with a a large fluffy towel
Elon was joined on the trip by American fashion designer Sarah who looked gorgeous in a black bikini
He was joined by fashion designer Sarah Staudinger, 33, founder of the Staud fashion brand, and her new husband, superstar agent – and inspiration for HBO’s Entourage – Ari Emanuel, 61.
The entrepreneur has also recently been linked with Australian actress Natasha Bassett, 27, after the pair were seen dining together in St. Tropez in the South of France in May and were among the guests at Ari and Sarah’s wedding officiated by Larry David.
Later today Musk will be up in court in front of a non-nonsense judge top hear Twitters request to fast-track a trial in their lawsuit against the billionaire.
Elon joined his pal as they made their way towards the extravagant vessel in the Mediterranean
Meanwhile Sarah looked ravishing the skimpy black two piece as she too made the most of the fantastic weather
Cheeky Ari (right) then turned the hose onto his beloved wife as Elon watched the interaction
District Judge Kathaleen McCormick, the chancellor of Delaware’s Court of Chancery, has set a 90-minute hearing beginning today at 11am in Wilmington.
Musk offered the company $44million for a takeover, but backed out at the last minute after expressing concerns over the number of fake accounts and bots on the social media site.
He is yet to present any evidence to support his claims, and instead became embroiled in an online spat with current Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal.
The founder of Tesla sent a letter to Twitter saying he was pulling out of the controversial deal he made in April to buy the platform for $54.20 per share, or $44 billion in total.
Twitter has now requested a four-day trial in September in an attempt to force Musk to go through with his original bid.
Elon (left) was one of many celebrities who attended pal Ari (left) and Sarah’s lavish St Tropez wedding in May
It comes after Elon backed out of a $44 Billion twitter deal, with the company launching a legal bid to force him to honor their agreement
Elon gazed out at the spectacular views off the Greek island, donning a white t-shirt and black baseball cap
The Tesla inventor enjoyed an ice cold drink the scorching temperatures
Elon slipped his feet into flip flops and shielded his eyes behind sunglasses
The firm’s lawyers say they need just four days to prove that he should be forced to honour his agreement.
They hope that the non-jury trial could start on September 19, but legal experts have predicted the case will take two weeks to try.
McCormick has a reputation for being a no-nonsense judge who does not take prisoners but has also been hailed for the fairness of her courtroom.
Last week, Musk said he was terminating the buyout deal over concerns about bots and fake accounts.
He responded to the lawsuit with a tweet explaining that his use of the colorful emoji was shorthand for ‘BS’, a common abbreviation for ‘bulls**t.’
Twitter’s legal complaint includes the tweet from the billionaire containing the poop emoji.
Elon (left) dried off as he and his companions shot the breeze while enjoying their time on the luxury boat
Elon followed the brunette beauty up the ladder onto the boat as their other pals continued to enjoy the water
Gorgeous Sarah protected herself from the scorching weather donning a bucket hat and shades for the early morning outing
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday cites Musk’s May 16 tweet, among others, as evidence that he publicly disparaged Twitter, in violation of the merger agreement, before he backed out of the deal entirely.
Musk’s tweet with the smiling poop emoji came in response to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, who had sent several tweets explaining the company’s procedures to combat spam and fake accounts, a battle Agrawal described as ‘dynamic.’
In another tweet on May 17, Musk appeared to encourage the SEC to investigate the accuracy of Twitter’s public disclosures.
His online posts are being presented as evidence he has been pursuing the takeover in ‘bad faith’.
Not seen with the group was Australian actress Natasha Bassett, 27, the latest beauty to be romantically linked to the billionaire and who was with him at Ari and Sarah’s May wedding in St. Tropez in the South of France
They made their way on bored followed by their party, who were all dressed to impress
The businessman could be seen adjusting his dark locks before knocking back another drink
Elon (left) appeared in high spirits as the large gang of pals soaked up the sun
Sarah (left) completed the look with a black sarong as she was helped onto a dingy before heading out to the multi-million pound yacht
But the crux of Twitter’s argument is that the world’s richest man is bound by the deal to buy the company he signed on April 25.
The lawsuit states that the deal does not include a contingency requiring Musk to secure financing.
It adds that the billionaire waived the customary right to due diligence, which refers to the type of investigation into business fundamentals that he later pursued regarding fake accounts.
The lawsuit states that Musk ‘refuses to honor his obligations to Twitter and its stockholders because the deal he signed no longer serves his personal interests’.
Musk recently welcomed a second child with Canadian pop star Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, despite splitting shortly after the birth of their daughter.
Their daughter Exa Dark Sideræl was born via a surrogate in December and they share a son X Æ A-Xii (pronounced ‘X-Ash-A-12’) who is now two.