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Twitter Users Call Elon Musk On His Bluff to Sell 10% of His Tesla Stock

Twitter Users Call Elon Musk On His Bluff to Sell 10% of His Tesla Stock

Multibillionaire Elon Musk should sell about 10% of his Tesla stock, according to 57.9% of people who voted on his Twitter poll on Saturday asking users of the social media network whether he should offload or not. “Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock,” he tweeted, referring to a “billionaires’ tax” proposed by Democrats. “Note, I do not take a cash salary or bonus from anywhere. I only have stock, thus the only way for me to pay taxes personally is to sell stock,” Musk said in a follow-up tweet.

As of June 30th, 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.

SHANGHAI, Jan. 7, 2020 — Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at a delivery ceremony for Tesla China-made Model 3 in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 7, 2020. U.S. electric carmaker Tesla officially launched its China-made Model Y program in its Shanghai gigafactory Tuesday, one year after the company broke ground on its first overseas plant. The first batch of China-produced Model 3 sedans was also delivered to its non-employee customers at an opening ceremony for the program.(Photo by Ding Ting/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Ding Ting via Getty Images)

Musk has criticized the proposed “Billionaires Tax”, which would affect 700 billionaires and impose taxes for long-term capital gains on tradable assets, whether or not they have been sold. Even if he did sell off that proposed 10%, it would still leave Musk as the richest man on the planet.

The poll received near 2 million responses in seven hours after he posted it, with 55% of respondents approving the proposal to sell the shares. The poll ended at 3pm EST on Sunday. “I was prepared to accept either outcome,” Musk tweeted after the voting ended.

This isn’t the first time Musk has flippantly tweeted about his wealth and how it could impact those in need. Musk recently said on Twitter he’d sell $6 billion in Tesla stock and donate it to the World Food Program (WFP), provided the organization disclosed more information about how it spent its money.

Twitter users certainly weren’t shy and told Musk that amount of money would be much better spent down here on Earth, rather than going towards rockets and space bunkers for billionaires.

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