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Elon Musk Says He Earned Nothing in Terms of Income From Tesla in 2018

Musk was not paid any performance-based compensation from Tesla

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The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Sunday said the government should adopt a practical approach towards adoption of EVs. Pixabay

While his electric vehicle (EV) company Tesla struggles to make profit, tech mogul Elon Musk denied reports that claimed he had earned $2.3 billion in stock options in 2018. Instead, Musk said he had pocketed nothing at all.

A Tesla fanpage took to Twitter slamming a news report from last week that said Musk made more in 2018 than the next 65 highest-paid CEOs combined, making him the highest-paid executive among 200 CEOs of large publicly traded companies, Observer.com reported on Thursday.

Contradicting the story, the fanpage called Tesla4Everman argued that Musk was not paid any performance-based compensation from Tesla, instead he only “made the state mandated minimum wage,” which he later donated.

Siding by Tesla4Everman, Musk wrote: “I paid most of my Tesla-related expenses too. Tesla last year was actually net negative comp (compensation) for me.”

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Tech mogul Elon Musk denied reports that claimed he had earned $2.3 billion in stock options in 2018. Pixabay

According to Observer.com, however, the $2.3 billion amount mentioned in the Business Insider article was not a cash or equity payout, but a compensation plan Tesla’s board approved last year that has yet to materialise.

The plan promises to compensate Musk with $2.3 billion worth of Tesla stock in 12 slices over a 10-year period on the condition that Tesla achieves a market capitalisation of $650 billion, in addition to hitting 12 operational milestones.

Amid the ongoing US-China trade war, Tesla’s current market cap stands at only $33 billion.

“Yeah, the fear, uncertainty and doubt propaganda campaign being pushed by those betting against Tesla has reached new heights,” Musk later tweeted.

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Earlier in May, Musk announced to his employees that he would personally be examining and reviewing every expenditure at Tesla, no matter how small, alongside Zach Kirkhorn, the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the media reported.

The new cost-cutting initiative has been implemented after the automaker suffered a loss of $702 million and involves Musk examining every payment, including parts, salary, travel expenses and rent. (IANS)

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Forecasts Grim Future of Human Race

Musk first broached the topic back in 2017 when Musk replied to a publication saying, “The world’s population is accelerating towards collapse, but few seem to notice or care."

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX. Wikimedia

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s grim forecast of humanity suggests that a “population bomb” would lead to a worldwide collapse in humans in the coming decades and everybody would start to see the evident effects by 2050.

Musk’s prediction was triggered by a tweet from a page called World of Engineering that said: “1950 (historical) world population – 2,556,000,053. Current world population – 7,712,343,478. 2050 (projected) world population – 9,346,399,468.”

Replying to that tweet on Friday Musk wrote: “Real issue will be an ageing and declining world population by 2050, *not* overpopulation.”

Musk also shared a Wikipedia link to an article titled, “Projections of population growth”.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

“Yes, demographics, stratified by age, will look like an upside down pyramid with many old people and fewer young,” the multi-billionaire entrepreneur wrote further.

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The SpaceX CEO’s theory believes that when an increasingly-elderly global population clashes with declining birth rates around the world in the near future a ‘population bomb’ would go off, web portal Futurism reported.

Musk first broached the topic back in 2017 when Musk replied to a publication saying, “The world’s population is accelerating towards collapse, but few seem to notice or care.” (IANS)