Twitter Nears a Deal to Sell Itself to Elon Musk
The purchase is upsetting many leading influencers
Twitter is nearing a deal to sell itself to Elon Musk, two people with knowledge of the situation said, a move that would unite the world’s richest man with the influential social networking service. An agreement could be announced as soon as Monday, the people said.
Twitter’s board was negotiating with Musk into the early hours of Monday over his unsolicited bid to buy the company, after he began lining up $46.5 billion in financing for the offer last week, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss confidential information. The two sides were discussing details including a timeline to close any potential deal and any fees that would be paid if an agreement were signed and then fell apart, they said.
The discussions followed a Twitter board meeting on Sunday morning to discuss Musk’s offer, the people said. Obtaining commitments for the financing was a turning point for how the board viewed Musk’s bid of $54.20 a share, enabling the company’s 11 board members to seriously consider his offer, the people said.
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