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Elon Musk offers to buy all of Twitter for $41 billion and "transform it"

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Elon Musk (Image credit: Recode)

What you need to know

  • Elon Musk has made an offer to buy all of Twitter.
  • He offered Chairman of the Board Bret Taylor $54.20 a share, a valuation of $42 billion.
  • He stated that "Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it."

Elon Musk has offered to buy all of Twitter and transform it as a private company.

In a letter filed to the SEC Musk told Bret Taylor, Chairman of the Board:

I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy.However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.As a result, I am offering to buy 100% of Twitter for $54.20 per share in cash, a 54% premium over the day before I began investing in Twitter and a 38% premium over the day before my investment was publicly announced. My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder.Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it.

Musk not only offered to make the purchase but warned that if his offer to buy the whole company was not accepted, he would be forced to reconsider the initial stake that he took in the company. He recently bought 73.5 million shares for some $3 billion and was planning to sit on the company's board before making an abrupt U-turn.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

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6 Comments
  • Come on like we didn't see this coming. I think it's a great idea. You go Elon!!!
  • It's another "pump and dump" scheme. He's already threatening to sell his stock if the Board doesn't allow him to buy it. He's being sued by current shareholders for withholding info about buying 9% of Twitter's stock.
  • We should trust an ego-maniacal, lying PoS with delusions of grandeur to protect "free speech"? I don't think so, lol. This is much more likely to be a tech bro tantrum over "being controlled," than it is an attempt to do something for society which clearly ... Elon doesn't give a rat's behind about. Careful readers will also have noticed that there is no actual *proposal* here. Just vague claims to "fix things." It doesn't even mention what's supposed to be broken.
  • This, 100% this. Never understood the Musk obsession. He's a con artist.
  • PUTS are printing for Twitter stock!
  • I know this is nothing more than a pump and dump scheme, but if this goes through a certain groups heads are going to explode lol.