Musk Makes $43b Offer for Twitter

Musk Makes $43b Offer for Twitter
Musk Makes $43b Offer for Twitter

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk took aim at Twitter Inc with a $43 billion cash takeover offer on Thursday, with the Tesla CEO saying the social media company needs to be taken private to grow and become a platform for free speech.

"I think it's very important for there to be an inclusive arena for free speech," Musk, already San Francisco-based Twitter's second-largest shareholder, said at a TED Talk in Vancouver when asked about his bid, Reuters said.

Musk made the bid in a letter to the board of Twitter - the micro-blogging platform that has become a global means of communication for individuals and world leaders. His offer price of $54.20 per share represents a 38% premium to Twitter's April 1 close, the last trading day before his 9.1% stake in the social media platform was made public.

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