Meet the people who offered to replace Elon Musk as Twitter CEO

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., talks during an event.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., talks during an event. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Meet the people who offered to replace Elon Musk as Twitter CEO

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A number of Elon Musk‘s supporters and allies have volunteered to replace him as Twitter’s CEO.

Musk published a Twitter poll on Sunday asking users if they wanted to see him step down from his role as Twitter’s CEO. As of Monday morning, the majority of users voted “Yes.”

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Musk had said all along that he intended to hand the company over to a different CEO after an initial effort to mold Twitter in his vision, but no timeline was set. The sudden decision to offer to step down took many by surprise.

Musk has not confirmed whether or when he would follow through with his promise to resign.

But who could step in as a replacement?

One of the top names that Musk supporters have recommended is the venture capitalist David Sacks.

Sacks has been a member of Musk’s inner circle since they worked together at PayPal, where Sacks served as the chief operating officer. Sacks has a history of managing social networks. He founded the Clubhouse clone Callin and the enterprise social media app Yammer.

Sacks echoed many of Musk’s criticisms of the former Twitter ownership and became a darling with conservatives due to his support for the efforts to recall the left-wing San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

A similarly minded person who has also offered to take over the company is fellow venture capitalist and former technology journalist Jason Calacanis. The Silicon Valley veteran has known Musk for decades and stated his loyalty to Musk in text messages discovered during Twitter’s lawsuit to force Musk to acquire the company. Calacanis offered to help run the company in the early days of Musk’s operations.

Podcaster Lex Fridman also offered to be Twitter’s CEO, stating that he would do it for “no salary” and “focus on great engineering and increasing the amount of love in the world.”

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The oddest offer so far has been from former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, who jokingly offered on Sunday to act as CEO for Bitcoin.

Musk’s offer to step down from Twitter came Sunday after the platform temporarily banned links to other social platforms and suspended multiple journalists. The journalist suspensions were reversed on Saturday after Musk faced broad-based blowback.

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