The $44 billion offer Twitter’s investors couldn’t refuse.
Of course, things couldn’t be that simple.
Elon Musk tries to cancel the deal and says it’s because of the bots.
Musk sent a letter to Twitter saying he plans on terminating their merger agreement, claiming the company is in material breach of the deal and accusing Twitter of “false and misleading representations upon which Mr. Musk relied when entering into the Merger Agreement.” Twitter then sued Musk in an effort to force him to finish the deal, and the fight seemed like it was headed to trial in Delaware’s Chancery Court in October. What followed was months of legal wrangling over evidence, accusations of fraud, and even a few deposits.
Elon Musk decides to buy Twitter, again.
Finally, Musk decided to do what he had already agreed to do and buy Twitter. Judge Kathaleen McCormick gave the two sides a deadline of 5PM on October 28th to close the deal, and with time ticking down on the evening of the 27th, the deal has closed. Elon Musk reportedly began Twitter’s new era of private ownership by firing several executives, including previous CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, and policy chief Vijaya Gadde.
Musk, who already leads Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company, and Neuralink, is one of Twitter’s most visible users, with a large audience of dedicated followers. The billionaire exec spontaneously shares earthshaking company plans, uncredited memes, and bizarre accusations. That’s in addition to responses that serve as a global tech support line for people who want everything from help with their electric car to politicians seeking satellite internet so they can keep citizens connected during a war.