- Qatar Investment Authority’s CEO told Bloomberg TV it hasn’t asked Elon Musk to tweet less.
- QIA’s CEO said the fund trusts Musk’s leadership to turn the company around.
- The sovereign wealth fund pumped $375 million into Musk’s $44 billion Twitter acquisition.
The head of the Qatari sovereign wealth fund — which pumped $375 million into Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter — said it hasn’t asked the social media company’s new CEO to tweet less.
“Have you asked him to tweet less in the last eight months? There was so much volatility. Do you get involved in those calls?” Bloomberg TV’s Francine Lacqua asked Mansoor Al Mahmoud, the CEO of Qatar Investment Authority, or QIA, in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“Not really, I mean we do not really involved to that extent in term of, again, he has our trust and we are sure that he would manage it very professionally,” Al Mahmoud responded.
“We engage with the management, with Elon in terms of the plan that he has for the company, and we believe in this, and we trust his leadership in terms of turning around the company,” he further said.
Since acquiring Twitter for $44 billion in late October, Musk has instituted sweeping changes at the company, including mass layoffs — which he said was necessary as the company was losing $4 million a day — and reinstating the account of former President Donald Trump after taking a poll.
The Qatar Investment Fund is one of a group of high-profile investors who have provided funding for Musk’s Twitter deal. The list also including Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and Binance, according to a regulatory filing.
In December, Musk was seen at the Football World Cup final in Qatar with Al-Mahmoud, just hours before the Twitter CEO tweeted a poll asking if he should step down as head of the social media platform. This fueled speculation over whether Musk had met and discussed his leadership of Twitter with investors from Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Musk’s business deals with foreign countries have raised questions over national security risks. In November, President Joe Biden said at a White House press conference that Musk’s business ties with foreign nations were “worthy of being looked at.” White House officials had earlier denied reports that it was planning a security review of Musk’s deals, including the purchase of Twitter.
The Qatar Investment Fund and Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment sent outside regular business hours.