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Elon Musk reinvests in Tesla

Elon Musk reinvests in Tesla
Elon Musk's Tesla Motors announced that the CEO and co-founder had made a substantial reinvestment in his Palo Alto electric car company. (Jack Plunkett / AP)

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has converted 532,000 stock options into stock, the company said late Friday.

A company spokesperson said Musk had exercised the stock options, said to have been valued at about $7 a share, into shares that currently trade at $192.

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"This week Elon increased his investment in Tesla," the company said. "He exercised and held 532,000 stock options, which is approximately $100 million in current value."

The company made the announcement after the market closed Friday. Tesla will report fourth-quarter earnings Feb. 10.

Musk reportedly owns 29 million shares in the Palo Alto electric car company, or about 22%.

The company said Musk paid "more than $50 million" in taxes to exercise the options, and stressed that he "did not sell any shares."

The timing is good. While the automotive world and many Tesla pre-paid customers await delivery of the company's highly anticipated Model X gull wing SUV, and any news about production on the even more highly anticipated Model 3 $35,000 sedan, Tesla stock has fallen $50 a share since hitting a high of more than $240 in late December.

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