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Elon Musk passes Tesla stake sale halfway point with $9.9 bn sold

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Elon Musk resumed promoting shares in Tesla Inc. and handed the halfway point towards making good on a plan to dump 10 per cent of his stake within the electric-car maker.

The billionaire offloaded one other 934,091 shares for $1.05 billion, in keeping with regulatory filings posted late Tuesday. The gross sales had been carried out to cowl taxes associated to Musk exercising an extra 2.15 million inventory choices, the paperwork present.

With the latest disposals, Musk now has sold 9.2 million shares price about $9.9 billion since he carried out a Twitter ballot asking whether or not he ought to promote 10 per cent of his Tesla holding. A bit of that money will go to taxes.

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To succeed in the 10 per cent threshold, Musk would wish to promote some 17 million shares, or about 1.7 per cent of the corporate’s excellent inventory. If his exercisable choices are factored into his total possession, he’ll have to promote much more.

For the reason that Twitter ballot, Musk has exercised thousands and thousands of choices that had been lower than a yr from their expiration date. In September, he established a pre-arranged trading plan to hold out “an orderly sale of shares associated to the train of inventory choices,” filings present. Musk didn’t point out the existence of that plan in his tweets early this month.

Tesla shares fell 3.5 per cent to $1,070.25 at 9:43 a.m. in New York. The inventory has traded down about 12 per cent since Musk’s ballot.

Musk, 50, is the world’s richest particular person with a $303.7 billion fortune, in keeping with the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He’s added $133.9 billion to his web price this yr — greater than anybody else — amid a 57 per cent bounce in Tesla shares.

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