(Bloomberg) — Trevor Milton, the founder and chairman of Nikola Corp., is giving the primary 50 staff of the electric-truck startup 6 million of his personal shares after making a promise when he employed them.“When I first started this company I was looking for the best employees in the world and it was a huge risk,” Milton mentioned in a video posted on his Instagram web page. “The likelihood of us ever succeeding was like next to none and luckily I found an incredible group of employees that started with me from day one.”The shares he’s handing over within the Phoenix-based firm are at present worth about $233 million. The stock has surged since Nikola began buying and selling on the Nasdaq by way of a reverse merger in early June, pushed by investor urge for food for electric-vehicle producers, whilst the corporate has but to provide its first automobile.Milton, a self-described serial entrepreneur who flunked out of highschool after which handed the Normal Instructional Growth take a look at, has used social media to advertise the agency, drawing parallels to Elon Musk, the world’s fourth-richest individual. Milton, 37, is worth $4.6 billion, in line with the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a rating of the world’s 500 richest folks. That determine will drop as soon as the share switch is full.He’s mentioned on Twitter that he has no plans to promote his personal stock and he has approval from Nikola’s board to borrow in opposition to his stake so as to add to his place.“It could be worth billions in the future if we do well,” Milton mentioned in Wednesday’s announcement. “Who knows where it will go. But I am making good on my promise.”Not everybody will likely be delighted by his present. Milton mentioned a few these first staff have since departed.The corporate has garnered its share of skeptics. In June, because the shares surged to nearly $80, a frenzy of brief sellers despatched Nikola borrowing charges hovering because it projected zero income for 2020. The stock has since gone again to $38.82, with its brief curiosity at about 2% of shares excellent, down from 11% in June, in line with IHS Markit Ltd. knowledge.Whereas the success of the corporate creating hydrogen gasoline cell-powered semi vans has boosted Milton’s fortune, a few of its early traders are additionally reaping the advantages. Amongst them is the Agnelli household’s CNH Industrial NV, Jeff Ubben’s ValueAct Capital Administration, South Korea’s Hanwha Group, and Nikola’s first backer: Worthington Industries Inc., the metals producer the place Milton used to work.(Provides final two paragraphs)For extra articles like this, please go to us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to remain forward with probably the most trusted enterprise information supply.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.