Who is going to buy Twitter?
That’s the $18 billion question Silicon Valley has been asking itself for over a year since it became apparent Twitter wasn’t growing the way investors once hoped.
In that time, the list of suggested suitors has grown steadily: Google is always a popular option, and others like News Corp, Silver Lake, activist Carl Icahn and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen have been tossed around, too.
Last week, well-known Twitter investors Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, and Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal joined the list, a combination that was really interesting since together they own roughly 9 percent of the company.
And it shouldn’t come as a surprise if hedge funds or private equity firms start sniffing around, too.
Which got us thinking: Who are the other key players with either the influence or ownership necessary to make or break a potential Twitter deal? The list, it turns out, isn’t long.
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