Musk sells nearly $7 billion in Tesla shares amid Twitter legal battle

Tesla Inc Chief Government Officer Elon Musk offered $6.9 billion price of shares within the electrical car maker, tweeting it was necessary to keep away from an emergency sale of Tesla inventory amid a authorized showdown with Twitter Inc over a $44 billion takeover deal.

Musk, the world’s richest individual, had mentioned in April that there have been “no additional TSLA gross sales deliberate” – after he offered $8.5 billion price of shares within the firm again then.

However authorized specialists have steered that if Musk loses his battle in opposition to Twitter and is pressured to finish the acquisition or pay a stiff penalty, he might conceivably need to promote extra Tesla shares.

Musk tore up his April 25 settlement to purchase the social media platform and the 2 sides face a drawn-out authorized battle that would nonetheless price Musk billions of {dollars}. The 2 sides head to trial on Oct. 17.

Within the newest inventory sale, Musk offered about 7.92 million shares between Aug.5 and Aug.9, based on a number of filings. He now owns 155.04 million shares in Tesla.

The newest gross sales deliver whole inventory gross sales by Musk to about $32 billion in lower than one 12 months.

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