Meet the man Elon Musk turns to for solving his problems – Jared Birchall is the Tesla CEO’s ‘fixer’ and also the architect of the Twitter deal. But supporting the eccentric centibillionaire is no easy task.

Who is Jared Birchall, fixer to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk? Photos: Bloomberg, AP

Elon Musk’s empire, which includes SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company and Neuralink, is worth around US$270 billion, so it’s no surprise that he has surrounded himself with key figures who protect his personal and business interests.

The No 1 person by his side, Jared Birchall, has received plenty of attention in financial circles for his stealthy business mind and ability to solve any problem for his boss. And Musk is a lot to handle. From getting high in public to raising the ire of many for his comments on the declining birth rate in the US and how he is doing his bit to solve the problem (he has nine children), Musk sure keeps his conservative and religious “fixer” busy.

Jared Birchall leaving the federal court in Los Angeles in 2019. Photo: Bloomberg

Meet the guy that the world’s richest man turns to to fix his problems, handle his fortune and make sure he stays in-line … for the most part.

Jared Birchall worked in wealth management for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch before becoming senior vice-president at Morgan Stanley. Photo: AFP

Jared Birchall’s background in financial services
According to Yahoo Finance, Birchall has a bachelor of arts from Brigham Young University. He initially started out as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs before moving to Merrill Lynch as a private wealth adviser. Bloomberg reported he was fired from Merrill Lynch for allegedly “sending correspondence to a client without management approval”.

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Jared Birchall has a background in finance. Photo: Jared Birchall/LinkedIn

He later became senior vice-president at Morgan Stanley where he became known for his handling of wealthy client’s assets. In 2016, he was hired by Musk as the managing director of Excession LLC, his family office.

Jared Birchall and his family. Photo: Jared Birchall/Facebook

He’s low key
Although his boss has a reputation for outlandish comments published for all to see on social media, Birchall is more subdued. Bloomberg reported that former classmates don’t specifically remember him and even in the workplace, colleagues have spoken about recognising his name but that’s where it ends. What is known is that he is a devout Mormon and is a married father of five.

Elon Musk attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in May, in New York. Photo: AP

He’s Elon Musk’s right-hand man
Birchall has quickly become one of the key players in Musk’s inner circle. Excession LLC is the office from where most of his money is managed, reported Bloomberg. He is also a board member at the Musk Foundation and responsible for handling the billionaire’s itinerary.

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SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Awards ceremony, in December 2020. Photo: AFP

According to Bloomberg, Birchall has the final say on everything regarding Musk, from organising transport for his boss, to hiring nannies for his children and ensuring his security. To insiders, Birchall is considered the No 1 confidant and the one person Musk trusts implicitly.

Elon Musk is famously outspoken on Twitter, a social platform he was interested in buying until recently. Photo: AFP

He makes big deals
Bloomberg reported it was Birchall who was behind Musk’s initial plan to buy Twitter Inc. He put together a complex deal that involved a US$12.5 billion loan from Morgan Stanley and other sources linked to Musk’s stake in Tesla.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX created a mini submarine to help in the celebrated rescue of a youth football team trapped in a cave in Thailand in 2018. Photo: @designboom/Twitter

In 2018, Birchall was tasked with digging up dirt on cave diver Vernon Unsworth who criticised Musk’s suggestion that a SpaceX submarine suit might be used to help them save a football team trapped in a cave in Thailand. In a later defamation suit brought by Unsworth, Birchall admitted to using a false name and hiring an investigator. He went on to say he often used false names in an effort to gather information for anything his boss desires.

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