Elon Musk’s Salary as Tesla CEO Was $0 in 2020

On Friday, Tesla Inc. revealed that Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk took home $0 as compensation for the year 2020 — reports Yahoo! Finance. In comparison, Musk was paid $23,760 USD in 2019.

In stark contrast, Tesla’s finance chief Zachary Kirkhorn was paid an increased salary of $46.6 million USD for 2020, as revealed in a regulatory filing. Kirkhorn’s compensation for 2019 amounted to $21.2 million USD.

It’s highly unlikely that Musk is bothered by the difference, though. The Tesla CEO’s pay package requires Tesla’s market capitalization and financial growth to hit a series of rising thresholds, and as of April of this year, the targets achieved by the electric vehicle maker so far have netted Musk over $30 billion USD in Tesla options under this system.

Musk, who is also CEO of SpaceX and holds major equity in the rocket manufacturing and space exploration company, had “Technoking of Tesla” added to his growing list of official titles by Tesla in a regulatory filing earlier this year. In the same filing, Tesla named Kirkhorn “Master of Coin“.

The Tesla CEO recently confirmed an upcoming biography of his life will be written by Walter Isaacson, author of the best-selling biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.