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Tesla boss Elon Musk has been [rewarded / awarded] a record-breaking pay deal of $56 billion by the shareholders of his company. The [astronomy / astronomical] remuneration package is 3,000 times the average [pay / paid] for a CEO in the USA. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average [outcome / income] in the USA in 2023 was $59,384. At that salary, it would take 943,014 years to [earn / yearn] $56 billion. Mr Musk's salary was agreed upon [of / by] shareholders at Tesla's annual [general / generally] meeting on Friday. Musk responded by telling the investors [attending / attends] the meeting that: "We have the most awesome shareholder [bass / base] of any public company. We are not just opening a new chapter for Tesla, we are starting a new [verse / book] ."

Musk's pay settlement was [blocked / blackened] earlier this year by a court in Delaware. The presiding judge [doomed / deemed] the size of the pay to be unfair [to / of] shareholders. However, in Friday's meeting, shareholders agreed the deal was both [fair / fare] and in the company's best interests. The BBC said 72 per cent of the votes cast [flavoured / favoured] the $56 billion deal. The BBC quoted car industry [analysis / analyst] Karl Brauer as saying the vote was "a pretty [ringing / bringing] endorsement". Shares in Tesla closed nearly 3 per cent up following the meeting. Mr Brauer [extolled / trolled] Musk's business acumen. He said: "My understanding is that there's been about a 1,100% [appreciation / appreciative] in Tesla stock, and that's pretty impressive. Most chief executives have never done [nothing / anything] like that."

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