Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk waded deep into tax and wealth discourse this weekend, saying that he was open to selling what amounts to $21 billion in Tesla stock — and that he’d actually do it, depending on the results of a Twitter poll.
“Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10 percent of my Tesla stock,” the mercurial billionaire tweeted on Saturday afternoon. “Do you support this?”
As of Sunday morning, just over 57 percent of 3.1 million respondents had voted that Musk should indeed sell the stock. Musk is a chronic memelord, but the stunt wasn’t just another joke, he insisted.
“I will abide by the results of this poll, whichever way it goes,” he tweeted in followup.