Despite some lingering controversy around Tesla's co-founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk, the automaker's shares are up 37 percent in the past three months, and the company was a top performer in the Nasdaq 100 on Monday, even amid steep stock market dips.
If you invested in Tesla in 2010, when it made its initial public offering, that investment would definitely have paid off. A $1,000 investment would be worth more than $21,000 as of Dec. 12, according to CNBC calculations, including price appreciation and dividend gains reinvested.
In September, Musk was forced to step down as chairman of Tesla's board of directors for three years in a deal with the Securities and Exchange Commission after he wrote on Twitter that he was considering taking the company private, and he remains a polarizing figure.
CNBC: Tesla stock as of Dec. 12, 2018
In an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," Musk said that, while he plans to comply with the settlement, he does not respect the SEC itself. He made no apologies for his recent behavior, including one incident where he appeared to smoke marijuana and drink whiskey on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast, and another where he suggested that a diver in the Thailand cave rescue was a "pedo."