Elon Musk has said he’s open to the idea of buying the collapsed Silicon Valley Bank and turning it into a digital bank. His remark came after US regulators pulled the plug on Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) on Friday.
Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer, tweeted “I think Twitter should buy SVB and become a digital bank.”
“I'm open to the idea,” Musk tweeted in response. The billionaire entrepreneur had last year acquired Twitter in a $44 billion deal. He had then floated the idea of bringing payments to the microblogging platform as the first step towards making Twitter an 'everything app.'
Musk's remarks on the SVB crisis, coupled with his earlier interest in creating a payments platform on Twitter, has raised speculation that his tweet may have been in earnest.
Little known to the general public, specialized in financing start-ups and had become the 16th largest US bank by assets: at the end of 2022, it had $209 billion in assets and approximately $175.4 billion in deposits. On Friday, March 10, the bank was shut down by US regulators and its assets were seized.