Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Rejects Elon Musk's $56B Pay

Norway's $1.7 trillion sovereign wealth fund plans to vote against ratifying Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $56 billion pay package. Despite recognizing Musk's contributions, the fund is concerned about the size and structure of the pay. The fund, Tesla’s eighth-largest shareholder, has historically opposed excessive CEO compensations.


Reuters | Updated: 08-06-2024 12:44 IST | Created: 08-06-2024 12:44 IST
Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Rejects Elon Musk's $56B Pay
Elon Musk

Norway's $1.7 trillion sovereign wealth fund said on Saturday it will vote against ratifying Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $56 billion pay package, which is up for a shareholder vote next week, after a Delaware judge invalidated it earlier this year. The fund is Tesla's eighth-biggest shareholder, according to LSEG data.

Musk's pay, the largest for a CEO in corporate America, was approved in 2018, but voided by a judge

earlier this year, who said the amount was unfair to shareholders, calling it an "unfathomable sum". The fund said it appreciated "the significant value generated under Mr. Musk's leadership since the grant date in 2018".

Still, "we remain concerned about the total size of the award, the structure given performance triggers, dilution, and lack of mitigation of key person risk," Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the operator of the fund said. In 2018, the fund had voted against the package.

"We will continue to seek constructive dialogue with Tesla on this and other topics," NBIM added. The fund, which holds a 0.98% stake worth $7.7 billion according to fund data, has been critical of excessive CEO pay.

Last year it voted against more than half of U.S. pay packages above $20 million, warning they did not align with long-term value creation for shareholders.

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