Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Saturday that he would offload 10% of his stock in the company if a majority of Twitter users voted yes in a poll he shared on the microblogging platform. Nearly 58% of the 3.5 million Twitter users who voted in the poll were in favour of Elon Musk selling his stake in Tesla in order to pay tax – and many of them joked about how they helped the world’s richest man decide the fate of stock worth around $21 billion.
“Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock,” Elon Musk tweeted Saturday when he shared the poll, referring to a “billionaires’ tax” proposed by Democrats.
Elon Musk has previously said he would have to exercise a large number of stock options in the next three months, which would create a big tax bill. Selling some of his stock could free up funds to pay the taxes. The Tesla chief also said he does not take cash salary or bonus “from anywhere”, and only has stock.
Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock.
Do you support this?
— Lorde Edge (@elonmusk) November 6, 2021
As 57.9% of people who voted on his Twitter poll said he should sell his stock in Tesla, Elon Musk tweeted that he had been prepared to accept either outcome and would “abide by the results of the poll”, which sparked much hilarity on social media.
A number of people joked that the fact they had advised Elon Musk on Tesla stock would be going on their resumes.
“Putting this in my resume: ‘helped Elon Musk make a decision involving $20b+ worth of stock’,” a Twitter user quipped.
putting this in my resume “helped Elon Musk make a decision involving $20b+ worth of stock” https://t.co/kCbJPukEG8
— Tina Gurnaney (@TinaGurnaney) November 7, 2021
“Brb writing on my resume: ‘Advised multi-billionaire on stock sale transaction’,” another said.
Brb writing on my resume: “Advised multi-billionaire on stock sale transaction” https://t.co/mq0bpGrpYT
— Sharang (@SNJ_tweets) November 7, 2021
Everyone who votes can add on their resume “Facilitated executive consultation in liquidating over $20B in public equities” https://t.co/ph66GbFWiI
— Kyle Papili (@kyle_papili) November 6, 2021
Many appointed themselves online financial consultants to the world’s richest man
— Dr. Mann (@ThereIsAMoment_) November 7, 2021
My resume now reads : Investment consultant to the world’s richest. Largest transaction advised on- $21Billion divestment. https://t.co/WJhMjVerHb
— bayalis(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (@bayalis) November 7, 2021
And others took digs at Tesla shareholders
— Professional_Russian (@crypto_brigade) November 7, 2021
“Yes we chose to hold the annual shareholder’s meeting in a very public location this year. Twitter.” https://t.co/e5njo3uom7
— David J. L. Hunter (@davidjlhunter) November 6, 2021
Imagine you’re a Tesla shareholder and the CEO of the company is willing to sell 10% of his stock based on the results of a Twitter poll ???? https://t.co/VY4fv3Bubc
— Oxtail and Coleslaw???????? (@OJVictor74) November 7, 2021
As of June 30, Musk’s shareholding in Tesla came to about 170.5 million shares and selling 10% would amount to close to $21 billion based on Friday’s closing, according to Reuters calculations.
US Senate Democrats have unveiled a proposal to tax billionaires’ stocks and other tradeable assets to help finance President Joe Biden’s social spending agenda and fill a loophole that has allowed them to defer capital gains taxes indefinitely.
Mr Musk has criticized the proposal saying, “Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you.”
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