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Elon Musk, Tesla CEO charged with making false & misleading statements

Tesla CEO Elon Musk lost $1.166 billion in after-hours trading Thursday after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged him with making “false and misleading statements” about having funding secured to take the electric-car company private.


The company’s stock was down to $272.97 per share after hours, falling 11.24 percent from $307.52, where it closed on Thursday. Musk, who holds 33.7 million shares, or almost 20 percent of Tesla’s outstanding shares, saw the value of his holdings drop to $9.209 billion from $10.375 billion at market close.

Musk’s total net worth is estimated at $23.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Tesla’s total market value lost $7.894 billion in trading after the market closed. Shares had declined less than one percent during Thursday’s regular trading hours before the charges were announced.

In an August 7 tweet during trading hours, Musk said that he was considering taking Tesla private for $420 per share. “Funding secured,” he wrote.

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