Tesla CEO Elon Musk needs to find a new joke to amuse himself. Like, seriously, joking that he’s buying billion-dollar companies is getting stale. Even if he were serious, we all know the world’s richest man can change his mind in the blink of an eye. Just look at Twitter, which according to Musk is “💩”.
Tech’s most eccentric billionaire tweeted on Tuesday, unprompted, that he was buying the English soccer team Manchester United, which would cost him $4.6 billion, according to Forbes. As with anything Musk says, the tweet quickly gained steam among Man U’s fans, some of whom expressed hope and excitement that the Tesla CEO could help get the team out of its rough patch.
“Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” he tweeted.
“Now i need to buy Man United stock got dammit lol,” Babel said. (The club’s stock, traded on the New York Stock Exchange, had not made significant moves as of Wednesday morning.)
“Please Save Manchester United, @elonmusk,” Foran tweeted.
To no one’s surprise, though, Musk wasn’t serious. He shot down rumors roughly four hours after his original tweet.
For its part, Manchester United told CNN Business that it does not comment on rumors and speculation. Yet, after Musk published his tweets, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday morning that the Glazer family would consider selling a minority stake in the club.
In case anyone was left wondering, the billionaire also clarified that he was “not buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in, despite the extreme popularity of such a move.”
Update 8/17/2022, 10:16 a.m. ET: This post has been updated with additional information from Bloomberg.