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Winner or loser?

O’Leary expanded on his characterization of the “loser state column,” listing states that, in his view, share this designation.

“Other loser states like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, California — those are loser states where you avoid putting money to work or doing anything corporately, because their policy is very unstable,” he said.

He expressed his astonishment at Delaware's inclusion on this list, stating, “I would have never thought this would happen in Delaware, but I would never today incorporate in Delaware.”

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Why did Musk choose Delaware in the first place?

O’Leary's criticisms aside, Delaware has long been a preferred location for the incorporation of America's corporations. According to the state website, more than half of America’s Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware. That’s a remarkable statistic given that Delaware is the second-smallest state in the U.S. by area and ranks as the sixth least populous.

The state highlights several advantages for corporations, including the ease of incorporation, a business-friendly environment, swift services from the Secretary of State’s office, and boasts that its Court of Chancery is known for its ability to “issue timely decisions on complex corporate matters.”

Following the court's decision, Musk has taken concrete steps by moving the incorporation of his brain implant company Neuralink from Delaware to Nevada, sharing his reasoning on X: “I recommend incorporating in Nevada or Texas if you prefer shareholders to decide matters.”

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