Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk filed an S-4 form with the Securities and Exchange Commission showing he abided to a Twitter poll and sold some of his stake in the automaker.
The filing shows Musk sold 934,091 shares and exercised options on 2,154,572 shares at $6.24 per share. The value of the shares is about $5 billion.
Musk recently posted a poll on Twitter asking if he should pay taxes on unrealized capital gains by selling 10% of his holdings. More than 3.5 million votes were placed in 24 hours with 57.9% of respondents encouraging the stock sale.
“Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock,” Musk tweeted.
“Note, I do not take a cash salary or bonus from anywhere,” he added. “I only have stock, thus the only way for me to pay taxes personally is to sell stock.”
While Musk did sell shares after the poll, however, the BBC noted that roughly one-fifth of the total shares Musk sold were already scheduled to be sold. Musk is currently the wealthiest person on the planet.
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