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Saudi prince invests $300m in Twitter

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal holds stakes in other western giants including Apple and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud
Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud
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SAUDI BILLIONAIRE PRINCE Alwaleed bin Talal says he and his investment company are investing a combined $300 million into the microblogging site Twitter.

Alwaleed said today the joint investment with his Kingdom Holding Company represents an interest in investing “in promising, high-growth businesses with a global impact.”

Twitter allows users to send short messages of up to 140 characters. It has been instrumental in connecting protesters and relaying on-the-ground developments during this year’s Arab Spring uprisings.

Alwaleed’s KHC is a major shareholder in Citigroup and holds stakes in other large western giants, including Apple and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

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