Elon Musk has warned budding entrepreneurs hoping to emulate his success to “be careful what they wish for”.

Speaking to a business forum in Bali on Monday when asked what a promising ‘Elon Musk from the East’ should focus on, he said he ‘wasn’t sure how many people who would really like to be me”.

“They would like to be what they imagine me to be, which is not the same thing,” he continued. “I mean, the amount I torture myself, is next level, frankly.”

Musk was speaking at the B20 business forum ahead of a summit of the Group of 20 major economies to be held on the Indonesian island.

New Twitter owner joined the conference via video link just weeks after completing his painstaking takeover of the social network.

He was expected to attend the event in person, but Indonesian government minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, responsible for coordinating preparations for the summit, said Musk could not attend as he prepares for a trial this week.

Testimony began in Delaware on Monday where Tesla shareholders are contesting Musk’s pay plan as CEO, potentially worth more than $55bn (£47bn).

“My workload has increased a lot recently,” he said with a laugh, referring to the Twitter deal. “I mean, oh, man. I’ve got too much work on my plate, that’s for sure.”

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Musk appeared in a darkened room, saying there had been a power outage just before logging on, with his face projected onto a large screen above the summit room.

He bought Twitter for $44billion (£37billion) last month and quickly sacked the company’s board and senior executives.

He fired much of the company’s remaining full-time workforce over email earlier this month and is now cutting the jobs of contractors tasked with cracking down on misinformation and other harmful content as begins his campaign to loosen restrictions on what users can say on the platform.

Musk acknowledged that his recent decisions regarding Twitter have been controversial, adding, “There’s no way to make everyone happy, that’s for sure.”

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