“I put them in the category of having the ability to communicate, and wanting to be seen as the important person and be like a cult leader,” Wozniak said of Musk and Jobs during an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Thursday.
“A lot of people will follow them no matter what they say,” added Wozniak, who created the first Apple computers alongside the visionary Jobs in the late 1970s.
Wozniak, 72, slammed Musk for what he claims is a lack of honesty.
“My life has been based on total honesty,” Wozniak said.
“Everything you say is totally honest. You don’t hide things. You don’t make things up. You don’t make yourself seem better,” he said.
“And a lot of honesty disappears when you look at Elon Musk and Tesla.”
Wozniak said he’s still smarting from his 2016 purchase of a Tesla. He said Musk misled him and his family into thinking that the car would soon be fully self-driving.
Instead, Wozniak said, he was disappointed that the car still lacked the ability to drive itself cross-country — even after he invested some $50,000 to upgrade the vehicle’s cameras and sensors.
Wozniak told CNBC that he’s grown a “bit tired” of Musk’s habit of “speak[ing] in marketing terms,” which he finds “dishonest.”