Tesla and Spacex CEO Elon Musk has secured $7.139 billion in new financing commitments to fund his acquisition of Twitter, including from several pro-crypto companies. Cryptocurrency exchange Binance, for example, has committed to invest $500 million in the social media platform alongside Musk.
Crypto-Friendly Companies Join Elon Musk to Buy Twitter
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has secured funding from 18 companies to purchase Twitter Inc., his filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday shows.
The SEC filing explains that Musk received equity commitment letters from these investors on May 4 “providing for an aggregate of approximately $7.139 billion in new financing commitments” in connection with his proposed acquisition of Twitter.
Some pro-crypto companies are on the list of investors, including Sequoia Capital Fund which committed $800 million, crypto exchange Binance which committed $500 million, AH Capital Management (aka Andreessen Horowitz, a16z) which committed $400 million, and Fidelity which committed over $300 million.
Binance independently announced Thursday that it “plans to invest $500 million alongside Elon Musk in Twitter buyout.” CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) commented:
We’re excited to be able to help Elon realize a new vision for Twitter … We hope to be able to play a role in bringing social media and web3 together and broadening the use and adoption of crypto and blockchain technology.
Sequoia Capital is a crypto-friendly VC firm. The company launched a cryptocurrency-focused fund of as much as $600 million in February and has partnered with some key players in the crypto space, including FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Fidelity Investments has long been pro-bitcoin, calling the cryptocurrency “a superior form of money.” In April, the financial services giant launched crypto and metaverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and announced that it will start allowing bitcoin investments in 401(k) retirement accounts.
The largest funding commitment came from Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp. and a Tesla board member. He agreed to invest $1 billion.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal also agreed to remain an investor of Twitter after Musk’s takeover. He initially refused to consider the Tesla executive’s offer to buy the social media platform, stating that his offer did not come close to Twitter’s intrinsic value.
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South Korea Seeks to Freeze 3,313 Bitcoin Allegedly Linked to Luna Founder Do Kwon
South Korean prosecutors are seeking to freeze 3,313 bitcoins at two cryptocurrency exchanges allegedly tied to luna founder Do Kwon. The coins were moved soon after a South Korean court issued an arrest warrant for the Terraform Labs co-founder. Luna Foundation Guard has denied transferring the coins. Korean Authorities Ask Crypto Exchanges to Freeze Bitcoin […]
South Korean prosecutors are seeking to freeze 3,313 bitcoins at two cryptocurrency exchanges allegedly tied to luna founder Do Kwon. The coins were moved soon after a South Korean court issued an arrest warrant for the Terraform Labs co-founder. Luna Foundation Guard has denied transferring the coins.
Korean Authorities Ask Crypto Exchanges to Freeze Bitcoin
South Korean authorities have reportedly asked cryptocurrency exchanges Kucoin and Okx to freeze 3,313 bitcoins allegedly tied to Terraform Labs co-founder Kwon Do-hyung, also known as Do Kwon. The coins were transferred to the trading platforms soon after a warrant was issued for Kwon’s arrest in South Korea.
On Tuesday, an official at the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors’ Office confirmed to Bloomberg that requests have been sent to the two cryptocurrency exchanges to freeze the 3,313 BTC.
The coins were transferred to the trading platforms from a wallet allegedly linked to Luna Foundation Guard (LFG) that was created on Sept. 15, according to crypto researcher Cryptoquant. The researcher told the publication:
Cryptoquant specified new bitcoin addresses owned by LFG based on transaction patterns, adjacent flows and material non-public information.
However, Luna Foundation Guard denied the allegation Tuesday evening. The group tweeted its treasury’s bitcoin address, adding: “LFG hasn’t created any new wallets or moved BTC or other tokens held by LFG since May 2022.”
Do Kwon Says: ‘I’m Making Zero Effort to Hide’
The luna founder’s whereabouts are currently unknown. He was believed to be in Singapore but the Singapore police force said earlier this month that he is currently not in the city-state. Kwon has maintained that he is not “on the run,” tweeting Monday:
I’m making zero effort to hide. I go on walks and malls.
A South Korean court issued an arrest warrant for Kwon on Sept. 14. He is accused of fraud after the collapse of the cryptocurrency luna (now called luna classic (LUNC)) and stablecoin terrausd (UST). In addition, the country’s ministry of foreign affairs is reportedly planning to revoke his passport.
Moreover, Interpol has issued a Red Notice for the Terraform Labs co-founder. “A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action,” Interpol’s website details, adding that “Red Notices are issued for fugitives wanted either for prosecution or to serve a sentence.”
Do you think Do Kwon transferred 3,313 bitcoins after his arrest warrant was issued? And, do you think Korean authorities should be able to freeze crypto at exchanges? Let us know in the comments section below.
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