third Largest Tesla Shareholder Suggests Elon Musk Ought to Step Apart As CEO


KoGuan Leo began loading up on Tesla shares when the COVID-19 pandemic first despatched the inventory right into a tailspin. Again then, the shares had been promoting for a split-adjusted value of about $40. Earlier than he was carried out, he owned 22.7 million shares price about $3.57 billion*. At this time, he’s the third largest particular person Tesla shareholder, solely trailing Tesla CEO Technoking Elon Musk and Tesla Chairman Larry Ellison.

Shares of Tesla are down 55% 12 months up to now and the inventory has erased about $225 billion in market worth since Musk closed his deal to purchase Twitter in late October, in response to Markets Insider. That has KoGuan Leo disgusted with Elon Musk. Final week he tweeted, “Elon deserted Tesla and Tesla has no working CEO. Tesla wants and deserves to have working full time CEO.” He’s calling for a brand new CEO to take over the EV maker, which might permit Musk to deal with all his different ventures — Twitter, SpaceX, The Boring Firm, Neuralink, and maybe others we’re forgetting in the mean time.

Regardless of his frustration, Leo isn’t promoting his Tesla shares. As an alternative, he’s planning to purchase extra, as he believes the inventory is undervalued now and there’s nonetheless room for the corporate to develop with a laser-focused CEO.

“Frankly my expensive, I don’t give a rattling if Elon stays or leaves Tesla. Tesla is a good firm and $160/shr is reasonable,” Leo mentioned, including that he’d prefer to see an operational government much like Tim Prepare dinner take over the corporate. “Elon is a mere employed fingers. He’s our worker… Elon was the proud father, Tesla has grown up… An executioner, Tim Prepare dinner-like is required, not Elon,” Leo tweeted. “I plan to speculate extra $billion bc Tesla would be the largest firm with or with out Elon.”

The latest collapse within the value of Tesla shares got here at a time when the S&P 500 climbed greater than 3%, so investor issues are actual, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives says. He calls Musk’s Twitter journey a “circus” and “the twilight zone.”

In an obvious reference to an choices commerce, Leo mentioned that he’ll purchase an extra 3 million shares at $160 per share if Tesla falls beneath $160 in a number of weeks, however what bothers Leo is that whereas he’s shopping for Tesla inventory, Musk is promoting. “At this time, I simply put in one other $500 million on the road to assist Tesla inventory value @$160 whereas Elon offered $35B his shares and perhaps extra previous few days,” Leo tweeted.

Just a few hours after this tweet, it was revealed that Musk offered an extra 22 million shares for $3.6 billion earlier this week. Musk’s gross sales in a single week are roughly equal to the quantity of Tesla inventory that Leo owns.

Tesla & Fiduciary Responsibility

We’re detest to bash Musk, though his conduct appears to ask loads of unfavorable response. Elon has his foibles, nevertheless it needs to be mentioned the Tesla board of administrators consists of weak-kneed sycophants who refuse to do their jobs. These feckless stooges do every part they will to allow Musk’s most outrageous habits whereas doing nothing to rein in his most egregious excesses.

Tesla isn’t a privately owned company. It’s a publicly traded firm, which suggests the CEO and the board owe a fiduciary obligation to the shareholders. Most individuals don’t know what meaning, so right here’s a primer on what is predicted of any fiduciary in response to Wikipedia:

“A fiduciary is an individual who holds a authorized or moral relationship of belief with a number of different events (particular person or group of individuals). Sometimes, a fiduciary prudently takes care of cash or different belongings for an additional particular person. In a fiduciary relationship, one particular person, ready of vulnerability, justifiably vests confidence, good religion, reliance, and belief in one other whose support, recommendation, or safety is sought in some matter. In such a relation, good conscience requires the fiduciary to behave always for the only real profit and curiosity of the one who trusts.

“A fiduciary obligation is the very best commonplace of care in fairness or legislation. A fiduciary is predicted to be extraordinarily loyal to the particular person to whom he owes the obligation (the ‘principal’) such that there should be no battle of obligation between fiduciary and principal, and the fiduciary should not revenue from their place as a fiduciary.”

Is that clear sufficient? These fats cats sit of their titanium-paneled boardroom and draw their beneficiant salaries and perquisites. In alternate, they’re beneath a authorized obligation to behave in the perfect pursuits of the shareholders, not some absentee CEO who hasn’t time to thoughts the shop. In line with BoardSource:

“Fiduciary obligation requires board members to remain goal, unselfish, accountable, trustworthy, reliable, and environment friendly. Board members, as stewards of public belief, should at all times act for the nice of the group, somewhat than for the advantage of themselves. They should train cheap care in all determination making, with out putting the group beneath pointless danger.

“Not each board member is usually a monetary wizard. Each board member, nonetheless, must be a monetary inquisitor. It’s important to grasp fundamental terminology, be capable to learn monetary statements and decide their soundness, and have the capability to acknowledge warning indicators which may point out a change within the total well being of the group (emphasis added). If a board member doesn’t perceive one thing, they should be prepared to seek out out the reply.”

A few of you is perhaps beneath the mistaken impression that the Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC) will act to guard Tesla shareholders from Musk’s shenanigans and the board’s refusal to behave responsibly. If that’s your plan, good luck. To date, the SEC has chosen to shrug and look the opposite manner. The upshot is we now have an organization with nobody in cost, a board of administrators that may’t be bothered to step up and do their job, and a authorities watchdog standing round with its fingers in its pockets saying, “Nothing to see right here. Transfer alongside.”

Given the circumstances, what can a personal particular person do? KoGuan Leo might have the perfect thought. Purchase the dip, then sit again and wait to turn into a Tesla millionaire (or billionaire as his case could also be, however he’s already a billionaire). For many of us, that will take a really long-term method to investing — and that assumes it’s the suitable method within the first place (we don’t provide funding recommendation, so actually don’t take this as such). A lot of folks don’t have the abdomen to double down after getting smacked with staggering loses, however in the event you imagine in Tesla, it’s a doable technique.

*Please observe: I additionally personal shares of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). Although, to not almost the identical diploma. Nobody at CleanTechnica is aware of something concerning the inventory market, as our dismal funding historical past makes completely plain. We don’t give funding recommendation and suggest you seek the advice of a certified monetary advisor earlier than making any funding selections. We should always most likely comply with our personal recommendation.

Picture courtesy of Tesla Starvation Strike.


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