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Elon Musk Offers to Buy Twitter for $41 Billion

Elon Musk Offers to Buy Twitter for $41 Billion

Thursday, 14 April, 2022 - 10:30
Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory groundbreaking ceremony in Shanghai, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Billionaire Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for about $41 billion, just days after rejecting a seat on the social media company's board.


Musk's offer price of $54.20 per share, which was disclosed in a regulatory filing on Thursday, represents a 38% premium to Twitter's April 1 close, the last trading day before the Tesla CEO's more than 9% stake in the company was made public.


Twitter's shares jumped 12% in premarket trading.


"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," Musk said in a letter to Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor.


"My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder," Reuters quoted Musk as saying.


Earlier this week, Musk said he had abandoned a plan to join Twitter's board, just as his tenure was about to start. Taking the board seat would have prevented him from a possible takeover of the company.


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