Although Elon Musk‘s reported internet value is round $200 billion, it’s not just like the controversial entrepreneur is Scrooge McDucking it by sleeping on a large pile of money. So, when he finally went by way of with the $44 billion deal, Musk, 51, used private belongings, funding funds, and financial institution loans to pay the worth tag. One of many buyers who chipped in to cowl the associated fee was Sean “Diddy” Combs, in keeping with TMZ. Diddy, 53, reportedly invested “north of $10 million” within the deal, in keeping with the publication’s sources.
Diddy’s funding reportedly “revolves round having a seat on the desk to signify,” in keeping with TMZ. Diddy’s final main Twitter information got here when Kanye “Ye” West returned to Twitter after he was kicked off of Instagram after sharing antisemitic remarks made in a dialog with Diddy.
The information additionally got here the identical day that Diddy introduced that he’d acquired Cresco Labs and Columbia Care’s divestiture in three markets, creating the primary minority-owned, vertically built-in multi-state operator. Diddy’s funding created the most important Black-owned hashish firm on the earth, a loud assertion since hashish prohibition affected BIPOC communities a lot harsher than White communities.
TMZ additionally stories that “Diddy and the remainder of Elon’s Twitter buyers consider in Elon’s imaginative and prescient for the chook app,” although the publication didn’t say what that imaginative and prescient was. As of Friday, Nov. 4, that imaginative and prescient included huge layoffs that resulted in Twitter Inc. quickly closing its workplace doorways and chopping employees’ entry to inner techniques. Twitter, aka Elon, advised its workers that “they might learn by e mail about whether or not they had been being laid off,” per Reuters.
“In an effort to put Twitter on a wholesome path, we’ll undergo the tough strategy of lowering our international workforce on Friday,” an inner e mail reportedly learn. Elon is trying to reduce “half the workforce, as he seeks to slash prices and impose a demanding new work ethic.”
Elong reportedly offered round $15.5 billion in Tesla shares earlier within the yr to assist finance the deal, per Al-Jazeera. Although Elon had hoped to keep away from paying greater than that, he ended up contributing $27 billion in money for the transaction. $5.2 billion got here from funding teams and vital funds, whereas the remaining $13 billion is from financial institution loans, together with from Morgan Stanley, Financial institution of America, Japanese banks Mitsubishi UFJ Monetary Group and Mizuho, Barclays and the French banks Societe Generale and BNP Paribas. The loans are “assured by Twitter, and it’s the firm, not Musk himself, which can assume the monetary accountability to pay them again.”
Manufacturers like Basic Mills, the Volkswagen Group, Toyota, and others have paused promoting on the platform within the wake of the shakeup, per CNN. This has shaken Elon to the purpose the place he tweeted on Friday (Nov. 4), “Twitter has had a large drop in income, on account of activist teams pressuring advertisers, although nothing has modified with content material moderation.” He additionally chastised “activists” for attempting to destroy free speech.
It ought to be famous that utilization of the N-slur elevated by 500% in a 12-hour interval after Musk bought Twitter. Yoel Roth, on the time Twitter’s head of security and integrity, blamed the rise on a “trolling marketing campaign,” saying that solely 300 accounts had been guilty for the rise within the hate speech, per Selection.