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The fate of Elon Musk's controversial $56 billion pay package hangs in the balance as Tesla shareholders prepare to vote on it again on June 13th, 2024. Here's

Elon Musk's $56 Billion Pay Package: A Second Vote, A Second Chance?

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The fate of Elon Musk's controversial $56 billion pay package hangs in the balance as Tesla shareholders prepare to vote on it again on June 13th, 2024. Here's a quick recap and what to expect:

The Original Deal:

  • Performance-Based: Back in 2018, Tesla's board approved a performance-based pay package for Musk. He wouldn't receive any salary or cash bonus, but instead, earn stock options tied to Tesla's market value and achieving specific operational goals.

Legal Hurdle:

  • Shareholder Challenge: A Tesla shareholder challenged the plan in court, arguing it wasn't fair to shareholders. A Delaware judge agreed and voided the package in January 2024.

Second Chance:

  • Tesla's Defense: Tesla's board is now asking shareholders to re-approve the pay package, believing it incentivizes Musk to achieve ambitious goals and has ultimately benefited shareholders through Tesla's significant stock price growth.

Possible Outcomes:

  • Shareholder Approval: If the vote passes, Musk becomes eligible to earn the massive payout if Tesla meets its performance targets.
  • Shareholder Rejection: If the vote fails again, Tesla will need to decide on a new compensation plan for Musk or risk losing him as CEO, as some have suggested.

Investor Concerns:

  • Excessive Pay: Critics argue the pay package is simply too large, regardless of Tesla's performance.
  • Focus and Alignment: Some shareholders worry that Musk's focus on earning this payout might distract him from running Tesla effectively.

The Verdict:

The upcoming vote will be a test of investor confidence in Musk's leadership and Tesla's future. Only time will tell if shareholders are willing to greenlight this record-breaking compensation plan.

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