World’s richest man, Elon Musk who has 9.2% stake lost his place as the largest shareholder in Twitter as he attempts to buy the company, That spot has been taken by the Vanguard Group, one of the biggest money managers in the world.
The Tesla and SpaceX boss said in early April he had become Twitter’s largest shareholder, having built a 9.2% stake in the micro-blogging platform.
However,On Thursday April 14, Vanguard Group reveals that it now own 8.4 percent (67.2 million shares) , Which means 10.3 percent in Twitter (82.4 million shares), according to documents sent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 8.
Vanguard group shares is 9.1 percent, that is 73.1 million shares Musk bought on March 14, with Vanguard Group’s total investment value worth $3.71 billion, against Musk’s $3.29 billion, based on the Twitter market share value.
The company investment has set the stage for an ownership battle between the institutional investor and individual investor, considering Musk had launched a bid to buy Twitter.
Musk is still the largest individual shareholder, and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is the second largest, but he said on Thursday that he is “not sure” whether his takeover bid will be successful, hours after making the offer.
“I am not sure that I will actually be able to acquire it,” the billionaire said on Thursday at a TED event in Vancouver.
Vanguard Group is set to be one of eight institutional investors in the top ten largest shareholders in Twitter, while Musk and the microblogging site founder, Jack Dorsey, are the only two individual investors in the rank.
The move by Vanguard Group is seen as a dig at Musk’s aspiration to become the sole owner of Twitter, and would cost the billionaire the support of the now largest stakeholder in his bid to exit the firm from the public market, which the billionaire says will affect the potential of the social media platform.
Musk had offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 per share, against the current price of Thursday, $45.08. He threatened to take out his $3.71 billion in the firm if his offer is rejected. His exit could tank the value of Twitter’s share, considering the influence he has in the U.S capital market.