Tesla CEO Elon Musk Becomes Largest Twitter Shareholder
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has taken an almost $3 billion stake in Twitter, becoming the social media giant’s largest shareholder.
According to filings made to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Musk, who regularly puts out controversial Tweets, has taken a 9.2% stake in Twitter at the cost of $2.89 billion on Friday.
Following the news, Twitter shares soared as much as 26% in pre-market trading, adding over $8 billion to its $31.5 billion market value prior to Musk’s interest being made public. Following the stock price jump, Musk’s shares are now worth approximately $3.6 billion.
At the end of last month, Musk had said he was giving “serious thought” to creating a new social media platform after remarking that Twitter doesn’t allow for free speech. In a Tweet, the billionaire said, “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?”
Some analysts predict that Musk’s shareholding could lead to him taking an active interest in the social media platform which may result in a buyout.
“We would expect this passive stake as just the start of broader conversations with the Twitter board/management that could ultimately lead to an active stake and a potential more aggressive ownership role of Twitter,” said Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities.