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Elon Musk a frat boy? The mentality of the billionaire Tesla boss

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Elon Musk has been making headlines across the world in recent weeks – and now a journalist has told ticker NEWS the billionaire has a “frat boy mentality” – and it all mostly comes from his tweets

The billionaire Tesla boss recently sold a combined $7.8 billion worth of his shares in his EV company – a tactic he says is to pay tax.

Musk, at the age of 50, has sold 2.8 million shares worth about $3 billion USD specifically to pay taxes on three tranches of stock options that he exercised this week, according to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

That means he has sold roughly $6.9 billion more in shares than he needs at present

Under a compensation plan from 2012, Mr Musk has options to buy 26.4 million shares.

The options expire next year, and the tax bill will come due.

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives told Ticker News that he estimates the bill of the billionaire entrepreneur to be between $10 billion to $15 billion USD – depending on the stock price.

Mr Musk’s options so far allowed him to buy shares at $6.24 USD each, and the stock is selling for about $1080 USD.

When you think about it, it is a big tax bill, but questions loom as to why the 50 year-old sold more than he needs.

“Frat boy mentality”

When it comes to his personality and mentality – there are many questions with how Musk is behind closed doors.

Patrick McGee from the Financial Times spoke to Ticker News on Thursday, labels his attitude as like a “frat boy.”

We all know Elon Musk to be a vocal kinda guy but now JP Morgan is taking Tesla to court over such tweets

JP Morgan Chase is suing Tesla for $162million over tweets in 2018 by boss Elon Musk that claimed he could take the electric car maker private.

The multinational bank accused Tesla of “flagrantly” – meaning it breached a deal it claims should have triggered payments to JP Morgan.

Musk’s notorious tweets that he had funding to take Tesla off the New York stock market sparked volatility in the share price.

He later abandoned the move and was fined by the US financial regulator.

JP Morgan’s suit, filed in a Manhattan federal court, says the companies had an agreement signed in 2014 that allowed the bank to buy Tesla shares at a set price and date.

Elon Musk taken to court by multinational bank, JP Morgan chase / Image: File

This recent sales stunt isn’t all the busy EV boss has been getting up to

Over the course of the last fortnight, Musk has used his Twitter account as a platform to express his opinion, conduct polls and at times, interrupt the cryptocurrency market.

His actions to sell his Tesla stock came after he conducted a Twitter poll to his 60 million followers, asking them if he should as a way to pay off his taxes.

“Much is made lately of unrealised gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10 per cent of my stock,” he wrote.

According to Mr Musk, 58 per cent of those who responded said yes.

Musk has conceded that much of his wealth is held up in stocks

The billionaire says much of his riches aren’t in physical cash, rather it’s being held up in stocks.

 “I have only stock, thus the only way for me to pay taxes personally is to sell stock,” he wrote.

Musk started selling his shares on Monday, and as of Wednesday, he had liquidated about 5 per cent of his holdings.

According to reports, his federal tax obligations could be as high as 40 per cent on proceeds from some of the sales.

And who could forget Musk’s swing at Bernie Sanders?

Elon Musk was trolling yet again on his Twitter account this week (yes after he conducted the polls to sell his shares and blah blah blah) – and this time his target is US Senator Bernie Sanders

The billionaire has taken aim at a recent tweet from Mr Sanders which stated the rich must pay more tax

“I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” was the response from Mr Musk.

The Tesla boss then stated he’s willing to sell more of his EV stocks in order to pay more tax.

Sassy.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Rolls Royce CEO slams aviation for failing on climate targets

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Aviation needs to act on net-zero targets, that’s according to the CEO of Rolls Royce

Warren East says the sector needs to move towards bio-fuels like hydrogen and electric aircraft.

Travellers can even look forward to flying on planes that has a gas turbine that’s burning hydrogen.

Speaking at a conference in London, East says transitional technology is the answer that plane-makers are searching for.

Some companies are already looking at sustainable fuels that can offer 80 per cent off carbon emissions across their lifetime.

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Amazon halts hiring on all corporate roles

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E-commerce giant is the latest of many to close all corporate job openings due to economic concern

Amazon is pressing pause on corporate hiring for the rest of the year, as economic concerns continue to grow.

The tech giant has instructed all recruiters to close all current corporate job openings… worldwide.

This means more that ten thousand openings will be closed as of Monday evening.

The job postings that will affected include technology positions, in store and online retail businesses, and logistics operations.

However, Amazon spokesman, Brad Glasser, says the company will still continue to have a significant number of other roles open.

He says, “we have many different businesses at various stages of evolution, and we expect to keep adjusting our hiring strategies in each of these businesses at various junctures.”

The freeze sees Amazon joining Meta, Apple, and Google, who have also announced a reduction or temporary pause on hiring.

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What is Elon Musk’s “everything app”?

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Elon Musk’s Twitter deal is back on, and he says it’s the key to creating his much-anticipated ‘everything app’.

The billionaire entrepreneur had been in talks to take the social media platform private, but the deal fell through. However, after news of its reinstatement, Mr Musk said that buying Twitter is an essential part of his plans for X.

The idea behind X is a sort of super app, combining messaging, social media, payments-and lack of reliance on ad revenue, similar to the Chinese WeChat. That already has more than one billion users, but so far no equivalent exists in the West.

With Twitter under his belt, Musk believes he can make X a reality much sooner than originally planned. “It’s brought forward our X project by three to five years, but I could be wrong,” he said.

There are no further details on the X project at this time, but with Musk’s track record of visionary innovation, it’s sure to be something we’re all talking about in the near future.

Why does Elon Musk want to buy Twitter?

Elon Musk is known for his ambitious plans and big ideas, so it’s no surprise that he sees Twitter as a key piece of the puzzle for his next project, X.

The details of the deal have not been made public, but it is thought that Musk is paying a premium for Twitter.

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