Elon Musk Could Become The Richest Man With His New Pay At Tesla |RN

Emmie Martin



 It’s official: Tesla shareholders have reportedly approved chairman and CEO Elon Musk’s multibillion-dollar stock option pay proposal, which will award Musk $2.6 billion in stock options in 12 tranches, or portions.

Overall, Musk could earn up to $55.8 billion in stock and awards.

The catch is that his compensation is tied to the company’s success, so Musk will only be paid if Tesla reaches a set of aggressive milestones that will eventually grow the company’s valuation from its current $52 billion to more than $650 billion.

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla.            © Provided by CNBC Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla.

When the billionaire first announced the plan, Andrew Ross Sorkin in The New York Times called it possibly “the boldest pay plan in corporate history.” Supporters have said the plan will align Musk with shareholders and could greatly increase the company’s value.

Musk is worth a reported $20 billion, but the official salary he currently receives from Tesla is far more modest: The CEO earns just around $37,000 per year. (Musk is also the CEO of SpaceX, which is privately held.)

If Musk had things his way, he says, he’d choose not to take a salary at all. But because California law prohibits him from earning less than minimum wage, he still draws a token salary, according to the Times.

The CEO can choose not to spend the money, however. “I don’t cash it,” he told the Times. “It just ends up accumulating in a Tesla bank account somewhere.”

Musk’s not the only top executive declining pay. Taking only $1 in compensation has become something of a point of pride in and around Silicon Valley.

That’s because a company’s stock value speaks louder than a set salary. “The dollar salary really for them is meant to signify that they have large stakes in their company. The value they’re going to receive — the compensation they’ll earn — is coming solely from their stock,” Aaron Boyd, director of governance for Equilar, a company that researches executive compensation, explained to Forbes in 2014.

In the past, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Snap Inc.’s Evan Spiegel and Alphabet’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin have all opted to take a single dollar in official compensation.


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US Adds 400,000 Millionaire Households, Setting Record


Robert Frank

The number of millionaire households in America increased by 400,000 in 2016, reaching a record of 10.8 million, according to a new study.Since the 2008 financial crisis, the number of millionaire households has grown every year, adding a total of 4 million millionaire households, according to Spectrem Group, the wealth research firm. The stats mean that more than one out of every 10 households in America is worth $1 million or more.

Spectrem defines millionaire households as those households with $1 million or more in investable assets, not including a primary residence.

The number of multimillionaire households has also grown. There are now 1.4 million households worth $5 million or more and 156,000 households worth $25 million or more.

George Walper, president of Spectrem Group, said the growth in millionaires last year was due in part to the stock-market run-up after the election.

“People were hesitant before the election, but once the election was over, we’ve seen these markets reach record highs and that would increase the value of people’s investments, ” Walper said.

He said that the gains were more incremental than sudden, with large groups of affluent and wealthy Americans gradually seeing their portfolios and assets gain value.

“It’s more of an escalator than an elevator,” he said. “You’re seeing people worth maybe $900,000 move into the million category, rather than someone going from $100,000 to $26 million.”

Walper said he expects 2017 to set another record, provided that markets remain stable or rise.

“If Trump’s policies get implemented and it has a positive effect on markets, I think we could have a similar growth and record next year,” he said.                     (CNBC)

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