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Elon Musk won $56 billion payday because of vote, Tesla argues in court

Elon Musk, the controversial billionaire and CEO of Tesla, recently won a massive $56 billion payday thanks to a shareholder vote. However, Tesla is now facing legal challenges in court over the legitimacy of the vote.

The payday comes as a result of Tesla’s board of directors awarding Musk a massive compensation package back in 2018. The package included a series of performance-based stock options that would vest over time if certain milestones were met. One of these milestones was Tesla achieving a market capitalization of $100 billion, which it did earlier this year.

However, the controversy arises from the fact that the shareholder vote to approve this compensation package was conducted in 2018, when Tesla’s market cap was well below the $100 billion threshold. Critics argue that the vote should have been held again once the milestone was actually achieved, as Musk’s payday was contingent on this specific milestone being met.

Tesla, on the other hand, argues that the compensation package was approved by shareholders in 2018 and therefore Musk is entitled to the payout. The company maintains that the vote was valid and that there is no need for a new vote to confirm Musk’s compensation.

The legal battle over Musk’s payday has brought renewed scrutiny to the issue of executive compensation and corporate governance. Critics of Musk and Tesla argue that the company’s board of directors should have been more transparent and accountable in their decision-making process, especially when it comes to awarding such massive payouts to its CEO.

Regardless of the outcome of the court case, one thing is clear: Elon Musk’s influence and power within Tesla and the tech industry at large are undeniable. His ability to generate massive wealth and controversy in equal measure only serves to underscore his status as one of the most polarizing figures in the business world today.