Published on: December 23, 2022, 02:33 am.
Last update: December 23, 2022, 02:33.
Elon Musk’s reign at the helm of Twitter could be coming to an end shortly after a user poll showed a majority of people want him to step down. Oddsmakers have been quick to start listing the odds on who could take over, but interest from MrBeast could upset the entire list.
The drama surrounding Twitter’s place in the social media ecosystem has been in doubt for some time, long before Musk stepped in to “save” the platform. His operational strategy since taking over, including mass layoffs and blocking journalists, has not helped to ease the tension.
A few days ago, Musk decided to put his management style to a vote and let Twitter users decide if he should step down. When 57.5% (out of over 17.5 million) almost immediately said yes, the stage was set.
Bet on the bird
Two days after the survey ended, Musk acknowledged that the people had spoken and that he would keep his word. The only thing missing from him stepping down was someone willing to take his place, or as the Tesla and SpaceX founder put it, someone “stupid enough” to want the job.
That got the bookies to do what they do best – lay the lines for the race. Topping the list with various books, including DraftKings, is Andreessen Horowitz partner Sriram Krishnan at +200. Having once led a product team at Twitter, he already has an inside track on how to fix the broken system.
There were many other names on the list, but all of them – including Krishnan – could move down a spot or two. MrBeast, the very popular internet personality and influencer, apparently wants the job.
Can I be the new Twitter CEO?
— MrBeast (@MrBeast) December 22, 2022
Jimmy Donaldson, real name MrBeast, responded to Musk’s tweet about the CEO search with a simple “Can I be the new Twitter CEO?” It only took a short time for Musk to return to the Twitter thread and reply: “It’s not out of the question.”
MrBeast’s tweet received nearly 58 million views and 918,000 likes, apparently indicating that there was strong support for his potential candidacy. He got a lot of responses, most of them in favor of the choice.
Someone even started a Twitter poll to gauge interest. Of the 4,471 votes – and counting – over 81% like the idea.
Musk supports MrBeast, even though the top Twitch and YouTube star has criticized some of his recent changes. Twitter’s current – and possibly temporary – CEO wanted to block users from promoting third-party social media accounts, which MrBeast didn’t like. Musk has since reversed course on that move.
Get out the vote
Musk won’t necessarily go with the odds pick for the CEO, but the odds give a good indication of what people think. After Krishnan, former adviser to former President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, follows at +300.
Following him is Jason Calacanis, an entrepreneur and angel investor who got his start in the dot-com era. His odds are +600.
Other names on the list include David Sacks (+700), Sheryl Sandberg (+1000) and even Musk, who gets +2200. Jack Dorsey, the man who started the drama by creating Twitter in 2006, is also on the list at +2500.
Rounding out the top 15 names is Adam Neumann, the Israeli-American billionaire who helped found WeWork. He is at the bottom of the list with odds of +6000.