It is said that investing in Tesla is an exercise in guts, so much so that Elon Musk once said in an earnings call that investors should stay away from TSLA stock if they fear volatility. But for retail investors who stood by the company over the years and braved the wild swings that have become a trademark of TSLA stock, the rewards can be enormous.
Leo KoGuan, the founder of IT provider SHI International and a self-confessed Elon Musk “fanboy,” is proof of the rewards that can be earned by being long TSLA. KoGuan was listed as one of the Forbes 400 for 2022, a notable achievement that has earned praise from notable Tesla bulls and company executives alike.
KoGuan has emerged as one of Tesla’s most prolific individual shareholders, and today, it is believed that he is the largest TSLA retail investor and option trader in the market. KoGuan told Forbes that he had more shares in early 2020, but he lost a lot of them during the early pandemic chaos. He then made the difficult decision to sell his holdings in companies like NVIDIA and Baidu and go all-in on Tesla.
It paid off, and it is believed that he has made billions since. Forbes currently lists KoGuan’s net worth at an incredible $7.2 billion, though a notable portion of this is likely due to his work at SHI. Still, in a previous interview, KoGuan humbly described himself as a TSLA retail investor, a description that has earned him the nickname “retail king” among fellow shareholders.
KoGuan thanked his fellow Tesla bulls in a post on Twitter. Ever the extremely humble billionaire, the retail investor shared a photo of himself — dressed in a plain shirt and shorts — celebrating his inclusion on the Forbes 400 list by eating Hainan Chicken rice at Amoy Hawkers Center, a popular street food destination in Singapore.
Similar to Elon Musk, KoGuan is very active on Twitter, sharing his thoughts on TSLA regularly with his followers. Most recently, the retail investor noted that he is still acquiring more Tesla shares. He also shared some thoughts on the electric vehicle maker’s efforts to release Optimus, a humanoid robot.
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