Documents filed Nov. 11 with the Securities and Exchange Commission confirm the sale of more than 934,000 Tesla shares valued at approximately $ 1.1 billion.
Musk sold the shares at an average price of around $ 1,170, locking in nearly 180% of the price gains over the past year. This is only the third time Musk has sold shares in the company since Tesla went public on the Nasdaq in 2010, and it’s his biggest deal.
The documents show Musk planned to sell the shares as part of his tax obligations in September. He polled his 63 million followers over the weekend, asking him if he should sell 10% of his holdings in Tesla. Of the 3.5 million respondents, almost 58% said yes. However, the CEO of Tesla sold less than 1% in that sale and still owns more than 170 million shares.
There has been a lot of talk lately about unrealized gains as a means of tax evasion, so I am proposing to sell 10% of my Tesla shares.
Do you support this?
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2021
In response to the poll, he noted, “I don’t take any cash pay or bonuses from anywhere. I only have stocks, so the only way I can personally pay taxes is to sell stocks.
In the days following the poll, Tesla stock fell 16% to briefly below $ 1,000 on November 10. TSLA hit an all-time high of $ 1,230 on November 4 and is currently about 11% below that high.
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There has been speculation – hopium really – in crypto circles that he might put some of that money into digital assets. Mr. Whale demand his 357,000 followers: “What cryptocurrency must he buy to become the very first trillionaire?”
Michael Saylor, PDG de MicroStrategy suggested he buys more Bitcoin following the Twitter poll but before the news of this sale comes out:
“If the goal is diversification, another strategy to consider is to convert the balance sheet to $ TSLA in Bitcoin Standard and buy $ 25 billion in BTC. This would provide diversification, inflation protection and more benefits for all investors in a tax-efficient manner. “
According to BitcoinTreasuries, Tesla currently holds 43,200 BTC worth an estimated $ 2.79 billion at current prices.