Elon Musk says he will pay $11 billion in taxes in 2021

The whimsical billionaire Elon Musk, boss of SpaceX and Tesla, claimed on Twitter that he will pay more than 11 billion in taxes to the American taxpayer.

2021 has been a banner year for Elon Musk and his businesses. The American billionaire, notably at the head of SpaceX and Tesla, declared on his Twitter account that he would have to pay “more than 11 billion dollars in taxes this year”. A bauble for him, his fortune being estimated at 265 billion dollars.

The leader had launched a few weeks ago a poll on Twitter, asking his subscribers whether or not he should sell 10% of his shares in the company. The majority of participants said they were in favor of it. The richest man in the world has since sold nearly 14 million Tesla shares. In value terms, it was one of the largest disposals ever seen over such a tight period without the sale being coerced or within the scope of an estate. “I’m going to pay more taxes than any American in history this year,” he said after the sale, in an exchange with Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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Personality of the Year according to “Time”

Elon Musk continues to be talked about, which prompted “Time” to make him its personality of the year. “His personality is as divisive as his vision,” Mr. Felsenthal wrote of the US magazine, noting that Mr. Musk “seems to revel in divisions and aggressive taunts via social media.”

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The leader does not hesitate to scratch his rivals, in particular his rival Jeff Bezos, reacting to a tweet from the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin with an emoji representing a silver medal. To Vermont senator and former candidate for the Democratic nomination Bernie Sanders, who suggested taxing the richest more, he recently retorted: “I forget all the time that you are still alive”.

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The boss of SpaceX also took to Twitter to praise Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency originally a parody, helping to boost the course. On bitcoin, on the other hand, he backtracked: after announcing that Tesla would accept payments in the most famous of cryptoassets, he returned to his commitment, citing the environmental impact of bitcoin mining (technique for creating cryptocurrencies) . Artificial intelligence and neurotechnology are among the leader’s other favorite topics on the tweeting network.

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