Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has been chronicled in a new book by journalist Zoë Schiffer. The book, titled “Extremely Hardcore,” documents the chaotic events that unfolded in April 2022 when Musk became Twitter’s biggest shareholder and requested ownership of the @e handle from the company’s then-chief marketing officer, Leslie Berland.
On April 4th, Musk publicly disclosed that he owned a 9.1% stake in Twitter and its stock soared as a result. A week later, he offered to buy the company for $44 billion. According to Schiffer’s book, single-letter usernames like @e could change hands for around $50,000.
However, despite Twitter’s policy of not transferring account handles without a legitimate business reason, the owner of the @e account had been suspended and Leslie Berland decided to give it to Musk as a gesture of goodwill. However, Musk did not engage with the account other than changing its name to “John Utah.” Representatives for Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
In April 2023, Musk shared a screenshot of his profile on Twitter which showed an alternative account on the top right-hand side of the app and his son X Æ A-12 as his profile picture. Schiffer reports that Musk also has another account under his son’s name and it seems that he may not be very active on either account.