Breaking news: Elon Musk becomes Twitter’s biggest shareholder after taking a 9.2% stake, new SEC filing reveals sending firm’s shares soaring 26%

  • The world’s richest man owns quadruple the shares of its founder Jack Dorsey
  • His passive stake is valued at up to $2.9billion based on Friday’s stock close
  • It has prompted Twitter’s share price to soar 26% in pre-market trading 

Elon Musk has become Twitter‘s largest shareholder, with a 9.2 per cent stake in the social media company.

The world’s richest man bought nearly 73.5 million shares, a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission shows.

It means the Tesla co-founder has more than quadruple the shares of Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey, who owns 2.25 per cent.

His passive stake in the company is valued at up to $2.9billion based on the stock’s Friday close.

The news prompted Twitter’s stock to soar by more than 26 per cent in pre-market trade before Wall Street opened on Monday. 

Elon Musk has become Twitter’s largest shareholder, with a 9.2 per cent stake in the social media company

Shares of other social media firms, including Meta Platforms and Snapchat owner Snap Inc, were also trading higher. 

Musk has been raising questions about the ability to communicate freely on Twitter, tweeting last month about free speech and the social media platform.

‘Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?’ he tweeted.

In a separate tweet, Musk said that he was ‘giving serious thought’ to creating a new social media platform.

Musk was responding to a Twitter user’s question on whether he would consider building a social media platform consisting of an open source algorithm and one that would prioritize free speech and where propaganda was minimal. 

Also last month, Musk asked a federal judge to nullify a subpoena from securities regulators and throw out a 2018 court agreement in which Musk had to have someone pre-approve his posts on Twitter. 

It means the Tesla co-founder has more than quadruple the shares of Twitter's founder Jack Dorsey (pictured), who owns 2.25 per cent

It means the Tesla co-founder has more than quadruple the shares of Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey (pictured), who owns 2.25 per cent

The entrepreneur is a frequent user of Twitter although his posts have occasionally landed him in hot water.  

He has over 80 million followers on the site since joining in 2009 and has used the platform to make several announcements, including teasing a go-private deal for Tesla that landed him in regulatory scrutiny.  

Musk and Dorsey have had some common ground in terms of dismissing the so-called Web3, a vague term for a utopian version of the internet that is decentralized.

Musk is also the founder and CEO of SpaceX, and leads brain-chip startup Neuralink and infrastructure firm The Boring Company.

Dorsey resigned as Twitter CEO in November after 15 years at the helm.

He remains remains the CEO of Square Inc, the hugely successful financial payments company that he co-founded in 2010, and holds shares in Twitter. 

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