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Elon Musk says he will sell $24 billion of Tesla stocks if Twitter votes for it

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has said he is prepared to sell about $24 billion worth of his electric vehicle company Tesla’s stocks if his Twitter followers vote for it.

Many of the world's richest people, like Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, have most of their wealth tied to stocks. Picture: IOL
Many of the world’s richest people, like Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, have most of their wealth tied to stocks. Picture: IOL

According to the auto-tech website Electrek, the Tesla CEO said that it is to address the accusation he is not paying taxes.

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about some of the richest people in the world not paying taxes. Many of the world’s richest people have most of their wealth tied to stocks.

While their net worth is reported in the billions of dollars and can fluctuate by billions of dollars every month, that value is not liquid unless they were to sell those stocks – otherwise known as unrealised gains.

The Tesla CEO has argued against taxing those unrealised gains, but he has now taken to Twitter to offer an alternative.

He says that if Twitter votes for it, he will sell 10 percent of his stake in Tesla, which is going to have to pay taxes on.

The CEO said he will do whatever the results of the Twitter poll.

As of the time of writing, over half a million people voted on the poll and “Yes” is winning by a significant margin.

Currently, 10 percent of Musk’s stake in Tesla is worth around $24 billion, which he is going to have to pay taxes on.

If Musk was to sell that many Tesla stocks, it would likely have a significant negative impact on the price, the report said. IANS

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