Tesla Inc surpassed $100 billion market value for the first time on Tuesday. The market value reached as high as $104.5 billion, overtaking Volkswagen AG, which has a market capitalization of about $100 billion.
Today, Testa is the highest-valued US automaker of all time, and its market capitalization has surpassed those of both Ford and GM combined.
The milestone comes less than a month after Tesla’s stock crossed $420, the infamous price at which Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk had tweeted he would take the electric car maker private.
Musk tweeted he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private in August 2018, when its shares were trading in the mid-$330s, only to later give up under investor pressure and regulatory concerns.
Tesla’s market value also puts Musk a step closer to earning the first $346 million tranche of options in a record-breaking pay package.
The $100 billion valuation needs to stay for both a one-month and six-month average in order to trigger the vesting of the first of 12 tranches of options granted to Musk to buy Tesla stock.