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Musk Seals $44 Billion Deal Even He Wasn’t Sure Would Succeed

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WATCH: Elon Musk is taking Twitter private in a deal worth $44 billion.Markets: The Close.”

Even Elon Musk was skeptical that he’d win. “I’m not sure that I will actually be able to acquire it,” Musk said in an interview at a TED conference on April 14.

The world’s richest person proved the naysayers, including himself, wrong Monday when he clinched a deal to buy Twitter Inc. for about $44 billion, using one of the biggest leveraged buyout deals in history to take private a 16-year-old social networking platform that has become a hub of public discourse and a flashpoint in the debate over online free speech.