Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, has often set off tumult on the internet with his social media posts.
Tesla’s billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, tweeted on Tuesday that he was purchasing Manchester United.
For his 103,000,000 followers on Twitter, Elon Musk said “also” and “I’m buying Manchester United”, without offering any detail.
Hours later, Elon Musk clarified that it was all a joke. He posted on Twitter that his comment was “the result of a misunderstanding”.
He said he was not serious about the purchase, it was a long-running joke on Twitter.
Manchester United (MANU) would not comment on the rumor that Elon Musk is looking to buy the soccer team.
Shares in the soccer team Manchester United soared early Wednesday following a tweet from the president of the unincorporated association. Shares stabilized shortly after and were still up about 3% by early Wednesday morning.
Manchester United is worth $4.6 billion and is under the control of the Glazer family. Manchester United has not won the English Premier League title since 2013.
Elon Musk has been on Twitter for 13 years. He uses social media to communicate about his business, criticize detractors, give market-moving crypto commentary and share some memes.
One of Sanders’ recent tweets is “Some people use their hair to express themselves, I use Twitter.”
When Musk tweeted about Tesla company, he had to go to court multiple times because of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Started in 2018, his first tweet said “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.”
The nine-word tweet sent Tesla stock surging at the time, but later the SEC would charge Musk for misleading investors. He and regulators reached a deal, which included pre-approval of all tweets about Tesla.
The billionaire’s tweets about Manchester United come at a time when he is trying to break his deal with Twitter. Twitter has taken him to court over his attempt to cancel the deal.