Elon Musk Testifies He Had No Say in His $56 Billion Tesla Pay Deal

Elon Musk’s stock alternatives offer at Tesla is value $56 billion. Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images

Elon Musk reported he didn’t dictate the phrases of his $56 billion payment package deal at Tesla due to the fact he was also busy operating the genuine corporation, which was in crises when his spend deal was coming collectively, the Tesla CEO testified now (Nov. 16) in the Delaware Courtroom of Chancery for a case about the payment package deal.

The deal, consisting of inventory solutions valued at $56 billion at Tesla’s recent stock value, was permitted by Tesla’s board in 2018. The significant greenback amount attracted a reasonable sum of criticism, together with a lawsuit introduced by Richard Tornetta, a Tesla shareholder, in June 2018.

Tornetta alleged that Musk, who owned 22 p.c of Tesla in 2018, exerted an outsize impact on the board to approve the bundle and that the board failed to disclose critical facts about the deal to Tesla shareholders. A five-working day trial more than the scenario kicked off Nov. 14.

In court docket, Musk mentioned he did not weigh in on how considerably he will get paid out for the reason that he was “entirely targeted on the execution of the company.”

In late 2017 and early 2018, when Tesla’s board drafted the compensation system for Musk, Tesla was tackling output issues with its Design 3 electric powered vehicle. Musk famously reported at the time he was sleeping on the manufacturing facility ground to preserve Tesla from its “production hell.” Musk now testified he allotted his time among Tesla and his other businesses, which includes rocket maker SpaceX, by focusing on “wherever the disaster is.”

Elon Musk Testifies He Had No Say in His $56 Billion Tesla Pay Deal

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