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|Musk and the SEC reached a settlement over the weekend that forces the founder to resign as the executive chairman of Tesla for the next 3 years.|
Elon Musk steps down, pays $20m fine in settlement with SEC
On Saturday, Tesla chief exec Elon Musk agreed to resign as chairman of the electric-vehicle giant he founded.
The SEC sued Musk on Thursday for misleading investors after falsely tweeting that he had secured funding to take the company private -- also known in the securities biz as fraud.
As Elon himself put it, the past year has ‘not been great, actually’
This is only the midpoint of his Musk-sational 2018 narrative.
In the past year, he’s launched a [url=https://thehustle.co/boring-company-flamethrowers?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1%2F30 -]flamethrower[/url] pop-up shop, sulked on an [url=https://thehustle.co/elon-musk-gets-real?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11%2F3 -]earnings call[/url], had a high-profile fling with an electronic musician, called a hero a “pedo,” and admitted he doesn’t leave the office for days at a time -- yet somehow carved out time to smoke a fatty on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
That’s all on top of Tesla’s hard-to-watch 2-year struggle to meet production goals on their new Model 3 (though, they did meet their Q3 goal).
Roasted, flamethrower style
According to The Washington Post, the SEC had offered similar settlement terms a week prior to the lawsuit that Musk passionately declined, saying the “unjustified action” left him “deeply saddened and disappointed.”
But, like any responsible parent, the SEC doesn’t give a sh*t if Elon likes them or not.
So they sued him, dropping the company’s stock by 14% (that’s more than $7B in shareholder value) -- Musk himself reportedly lost $1.6B in a single day.
Bluff called, Musk settled and agreed to resign for at least 3 years and will pay a collective $40m fine between himself and Tesla.
This may have been the best thing for Tesla
Yes, Musk is a highly intelligent and influential individual, but it’s clear the guy needs a nap. This SEC run-in may prove the white knight to a Tesla in distress, shackled to the whims of a stretched-too-thin executive.
Now, the company has to hire a chairman to replace Musk (something corporate governance experts have suggested for years), along with 2 new independent directors.
In addition, Grimes’ ex will be on a short leash: Tesla now gets to monitor the communications of the outspoken ex-chief gunslinger.
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