Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43B

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at a delivery ceremony for Tesla China-made Model 3 in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 7, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday showed that Elon Musk has made an offer to buy Twitter.

The billionaire has said he is willing to pay 54.20 U.S. dollars per share to buy 100 percent of the company. The all-cash offer will value the social network company at 43.4 billion dollars.

"I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe," Musk wrote in an email to Bret Taylor, Twitter's chairman of the board. The email was reproduced in the SEC filing, adding that "Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company."

"My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder," Musk said. The offer was 54 percent premium over the day before he began investing in Twitter and 38 percent premium over the day before his investment was publicly announced.

Twitter released a statement confirming receipt of Musk's offer and saying its board will "carefully review the proposal to determine the course of action."

On April 4, Twitter confirmed that Musk had acquired a 9.2 percent share of the company to become its largest shareholder. But Musk later refused to join the board.

As a board member, Musk wouldn't be allowed to own more than 14.9 percent of the company.

Musk is now the world's richest man. According to Forbes, he is currently worth 273.6 billion dollars.

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