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Tesla shareholders approve Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package

Shareholders also approved Tesla's proposal to relocate its legal headquarters to Texas from Delaware.

In a significant show of support for CEO Elon Musk’s leadership, Tesla shareholders have approved his $56 billion pay package, marking a big incentive to maintain focus on Tesla, his primary source of wealth. The approval highlights Musk’s strong backing from Tesla’s retail investor base despite opposition from some large institutional investors and proxy firms.

The announcement was made during Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting in Austin, Texas, where Musk expressed his characteristic optimism, stating that his optimism drives Tesla’s existence and success. The approval, however, does not resolve a lawsuit regarding the pay package in a Delaware court, which legal experts anticipate could prolong for several months due to the package’s contentious nature.

Shareholders also approved Tesla’s proposal to relocate its legal headquarters to Texas from Delaware, alongside other proposals such as the re-election of board members Kimbal Musk and James Murdoch. Notably, shareholders increased investor control by shortening board terms and lowering voting requirements for proposals, signaling a desire for greater influence in Tesla’s decision-making process.

Despite concerns about Musk’s multiple commitments across various companies, shareholders’ endorsement of the compensation package reflects confidence in Musk’s ability to drive Tesla’s future success. Musk, meanwhile, provided updates on Tesla’s performance, highlighting achievements such as record Cybertruck shipments and plans for volume production of Semi trucks.

While Tesla’s share price has faced fluctuations amid Musk’s diversified interests and EV market challenges, shareholders’ approval of the pay package affirms their belief in Musk’s role as Tesla’s driving force. The decision also underscores the importance of strong governance practices to ensure Tesla’s long-term sustainability and success.

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