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[liberationtech] Saudi Prince invests $300mn in Twitter

Will Youmans wyoumans at gmail.com
Mon Dec 19 13:34:38 PST 2011


I would also note that the prince own a larger stake in Fox (8% or so).
This is not inherently comforting, but last I checked FNC was pretty
critical of Saudi and definitely anti-Muslim.  However, I have heard some
on the right say Fox was less critical of Saudi Arabia than they should be.
By that's not a very compelling assessment.

Prince Waleed's more of a tycoon than a politics guy, I think, even if he's
in the royal family.   And with all his famous palaces and tachts, I doubt
he has the interest or facility to push for policy changes in Twitter.

He's also funded academic programs at harvard and georgetown, by the way.
 His money is real influence, to be sure, but I'm not sure it will be
leveraged in egregious or blatant ways, which also makes it harder to point
at.

Will

On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin <ashihab at gmail.com>wrote:

> I've got to agree with Jillian. We included this on our show on The Stream
> (Al Jazeera) today - Arabic is the fastest growing language on Twitter.
> 2000 % in just 12 months. He is a business man. He made a business deal. I
> doubt there were any other subversive motives.
>
> As Jillian said, most deals are icky, but that's prob where this convo
> should end, right?
>
> A
>
> On Dec 19, 2011, at 2:30 PM, Brian Conley wrote:
>
> I agree with Jillian. Slow news day on the markets?
>
> On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM, Jillian C. York <jilliancyork at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Honestly?  I trust that this will have less than zero effect on Twitter's
>> policy.  Twitter has stood up to a whole lot of other powerful players,
>> including the US and UK governments.  Saudi's powerful, but we're talking
>> about a share of under 5%. Try as they might, Kingdom Holding will likely
>> have minimal effect.
>>
>> Is it icky?  For sure, but so are a lot of deals.
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 3:26 AM, Daniel Isaiah Ong <
>> danielo at cs.stanford.edu> wrote:
>>
>>> Thoughts?
>>>
>>>
>>> http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/saudi-prince-invests-300-million-in-twitter/?hp
>>>
>>> Saudi Prince Invests $300 Million in TwitterBY MARK SCOTT<http://dealbook.nytimes.com/author/mark-scott/>
>>>
>>> LONDON — The Saudi Prince Walid bin Talal and his investment company,
>>> Kingdom Holding, said Monday they had bought a “strategic stake” in the
>>> social media site Twitter for $300 million.
>>>
>>> The investment represents roughly 3 percent stake of the company, based
>>> in San Francisco, which was valued at $8 billion in August.
>>>
>>> In a statement, Prince Walid, who owns 95 percent of Kingdom Holding,
>>> said the purchase was part of a strategy “to invest in promising,
>>> high-growth businesses with a global impact.”
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>>> Despite ongoing volatility in the financial markets, investors have
>>> shown continued interest in Internet companies. Last week, the social
>>> network gaming company Zynga raised $1 billion in an initial public
>>> offering, while Groupon, the daily deals site, raised $700 million from the
>>> markets in early November.
>>>
>>> Kingdom Holding stock was up about 6 percent in midday trading in Riyadh.
>>>
>>> Prince Walid, who also own stakes in U.S. blue chip companies such as
>>> Citigroup, General Motors and Apple, is the nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King
>>> Abdullah. He also is one the of the Arab world’s richest men, with assets
>>> worth an estimated $21 billion, according to Arabian Business magazine.
>>>
>>> The investment in Twitter comes after the company’s co-founder Biz Stone
>>> announced in June that he would be stepping back from the fast-growing
>>> social media. Twitter’s other co-founder, Evan Williams, was replaced by
>>> the current chief executive Dick Costolo last year.
>>>
>>> Despite the management shake-up, Twitter has continued to gain traction,
>>> particularly in the Arab world, where it was credited with playing a role
>>> in the recent popular uprisings across North Africa and the Gulf.
>>>
>>> Arabic is now the fastest growing language used on Twitter, according to
>>> the data intelligence company Semiocast.
>>>
>>> The volume of Arabic messages, for example, has multiplied by 2,146
>>> percent in the 12 months ending in October, according to figures from
>>> Semiocast. That makes Arabic the eighth most used language on the site.
>>>
>>> “We believe that social media will fundamentally change the media
>>> industry landscape in the coming years. Twitter will capture and monetize
>>> this positive trend,” Ahmed Reda Halawani, Kingdom Holding’s executive
>>> director of private equity and international investments, said in a
>>> statement.
>>>
>>> The website currently has over 100 million active users, and raised
>>> approximately $400 million of new capital last summer. That investment was
>>> led by DST Global, the investment firm headed by the Russian billionaire
>>> Yuri Milner.
>>>
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