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February 01, 2024: Elon Musk's Compensation Package Controversy in Delaware

January 31, 20249 min read

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The Power of Time: The Fallout of Elon Musk's Compensation Package

Hello, everyone! Today, I want to discuss a recent development that has sent shockwaves through the business world: the fallout of Elon Musk's compensation package and its implications for the state of Delaware. This ruling by the court of Delaware sets a precedent that raises questions about the power dynamics between the government, private businesses, and their impact on state revenues. As an entrepreneur and business owner, I find this topic fascinating, and I believe it has far-reaching consequences that need to be explored.

Let's start with some background information. In 2018, Tesla, the electric vehicle company founded by Elon Musk, was worth around $50 billion. At that time, the company introduced a compensation plan that incentivized Musk to drive Tesla's market value up to $600 billion. If he achieved this goal, he would be entitled to a staggering $50 billion compensation package. This plan was agreed upon and approved by the Tesla board.

However, a single shareholder, who owned only ten Tesla shares, decided to challenge this compensation package in the court of Delaware. Surprisingly, the judge sided with this small shareholder and ruled the compensation excessive. This ruling not only interfered with the agreement between Tesla and its CEO but also highlighted the overreach of government interference in private businesses.

Delaware, a state known for its business-friendly atmosphere, has historically attracted companies to incorporate due to its advantageous tax laws. This allure has significantly contributed to the state's tax revenue. However, with this ruling, Tesla is now opting to move its incorporation from Delaware to Texas. This decision showcases the power of private entities to choose their jurisdiction, which can have a profound impact on a state's economy.

The ramifications of this ruling are twofold. First, Elon Musk, with his massive following of 180 million people, can influence public perception and shape opinions on incorporating in Delaware. It is likely that this ruling will create a negative perception of the state, potentially dissuading businesses from choosing Delaware as their base of operations. This loss of potential tax revenue could have lasting consequences for the state's economy.

Secondly, this case raises larger concerns about the control exerted by the media and the government. Elon Musk and other prominent figures have become targets of the media, which seems to be an attempt to maintain control and eliminate dissenting voices. The actions taken against Musk and other public figures, such as Donald Trump, demonstrate the media's influence in shaping public opinion and swaying government decisions.

As an entrepreneur, I am aware of the potential consequences of speaking out against established powers. However, I firmly believe that standing up for what is right, even in the face of potential backlash, is essential. It is an honor to be associated with individuals like Elon Musk and Donald Trump, who refuse to be silenced and fight for their beliefs.

In light of the ruling, I have been contemplating the implications for my own business. Incorporating in Delaware may no longer align with the values and goals of my company. It raises the question of whether it is wise to move the head of incorporation for my holding company from Delaware to a more conservative environment, such as Idaho. This decision would prioritize an environment that supports entrepreneurial endeavors over potential control and interference.

This case reminds us of the power of time and the influence it holds over our actions and decisions. In the game of life, we must establish our own rules and decide how we want to play. It is not a rush to the end but a journey of discovery. As individuals, we have the power to shape our own destinies and make decisions today that will have a lasting impact in the future.

So, I urge you all to take a moment and reflect on what you can do today that will shape the next 50 years. It could be a small decision, a comment, a thought, or an idea. Remember, time is on our side, and it is through our actions and choices that we will pave the way for a better tomorrow.

In conclusion, the fallout of Elon Musk's compensation package and the court ruling in Delaware shed light on the intricate dynamics between private businesses, the government, and the media. This ruling has the potential to impact the future of business incorporation and state revenues. Entrepreneurs and business owners must consider the implications of such decisions, prioritize their values, and make choices that align with their long-term goals. Let us embrace the power of time and seize the opportunity to shape our tomorrow. Together, we can make a difference.

Remember, it's not about rushing through the game; it's about crafting our own rules and relishing the journey. Dream big, chase your dreams, and keep envisioning a better future. Your tomorrow is in your hands, and no one but you cares about your success. So, take charge, plan ahead, and create a pathway to a bright and prosperous future.

Wishing you all an inspiring and fruitful day ahead!

Daily Podcast Journal:


Daily Video Journal:


0:00 - Introduction

0:24 - Elon Musk compensation case

1:59 - Delaware's ruling

3:31 - Consequences of the ruling

3:49 - Moving Tesla's incorporation to Texas

4:39 - Impact on Delaware's tax revenue

5:27 - Media control and attacks on influential figures

6:06 - Standing up against control

6:36 - Considerations of changing incorporation location

7:44 - Encouragement to plan for the future

Daily Journal Transcript:

Good morning. Good morning. Good morning.

Good morning. There's our flag, guys. Let's do this.

All right. It is February 1, 2024. One month down, eleven to go.

Crazy. How fast time moves. Yesterday day or this week, Elon Musk had his compensation taken by the court in Delaware, like, 2018.

Now, I'm not a super close follower. This is what I believe I have heard and read. So 2018, Tesla was worth, like, $50 billion.

They created a compensation plan that if Elon got it over $600 billion, he would get, like, $50 billion. Sounds pretty fair, taking a company from 50 billion to 600 billion. Definitely a huge undertaking.

So this was all agreed to, approved by the board. Yada, yada, yada. Well, someone who apparently owned, like, ten Tesla shares, so a very small owner took it upon themselves to sue or challenge or.

I don't even know the right term, this compensation package in the court of Delaware. And so it just came out this week that the judge in the court of Delaware said, you know what? Yes, this is excessive. We're not going to allow.

Literally, the government literally told a private business, well, publicly traded business that is privately managed and owned, that they could not do what they had already agreed to do and what had already been done. Now, yes, the company was incorporated in Delaware, which means they get to make the rules. Right.

This is a great example of the true value of time. So, yes, it was incorporated in Delaware. Yes, they're the court there.

Yes, they can come and say, no, you can't do that. Sure. That is your right.

But now Tesla's incorporation is going to be removed from Delaware to Texas, it looks like, which is the right of the company and the owners and directors within that company, I. E. Elon Musk.

So, yes, Delaware, you can tell a company what to do, but you can't force them to stay. And this is what people don't get. Can you imagine how much tax revenue Delaware will lose because of this? Take a minute and think about it.

One of the reasons, from my understanding, one of the reasons Delaware is so good to companies is to attract tax revenue from those companies by getting people to incorporate in Delaware, even though they live and operate elsewhere. Case in point, America's holding company is currently incorporated in Delaware. And so with this ruling, one, Elon Musk is going to move.

I think you would be silly not to if that had happened to you. Two, Elon Musk has a following of 180,000,000 people. Do you think this is going to affect their opinions on incorporating in the state of Delaware? Do you think this is going to affect how those people operate.

Of course it will. You have the right to do and say anything, but so does everyone else. And that's the true power of time.

It's the owners of time that dictate what happens and where it happens, how it happens. And so this judge, I think personally, I'm excited to see the fallout of how this all come, goes down. It's just another example of, in my opinion, the people who control the media also control the government and are trying to maintain that control, and they're doing it by attacking the people who are fighting against that control.

Elon Musk Donald Trump there's so many different people that the media is attacking. And eventually, I believe they'll attack me. And I'm fine with that.

I'm more than okay with that. I would be honored to be accused of standing with the likes of Donald Trump and standing with the likes of Elon Musk and saying, this is wrong, and we can do better, and we're going to fight to do better. I would be honored to be attacked for being like them.

And that's why we do what we do is to make that impact. When I saw that with the state of Delaware, the courts and everything, I've been thinking about, well, maybe I should move the head of incorporation for America's holding company and make it just Idaho. I incorporated in Delaware and got an Idaho foreign license or whatever.

Maybe being incorporated in Delaware is too risky long term for what I'm trying to do, which is what I've been thinking about. Maybe I need to look at incorporating in a more conservative environment, an environment that will support what we're trying to do rather than attack it, rather than trying to control it. So it's just something I've been thinking about.

I hope you guys are having a great day, and I hope you take a minute to think about what's one thing you can do today that will affect 50 years from now? Just one thing, one decision, one comment, one thought, one idea. We're not in a rush, guys. It's a game.

You have to make up the rules to the game. You have to decide how you want to play the game. It's not a rush to the end.

It's a discovery process. And that's what makes it fun. That's what makes it great.

So go out there, dream your dream, and then chase your dream. Doesn't matter what it is. The only thing that matters is that you have one, that you have something you're working to for your tomorrow, because no one but you cares about your tomorrow.

So make sure you have that plan in place. Make sure you're thinking about what will your tomorrow look like. And with that, have a great day, everybody.

We'll talk to you all soon.

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Justin Stephens

Justin Stephens is a husband and a father of 3. He is always looking for ways to create the impact that he is chasing, changing the way employees are compensated in America.

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