Elon Musk has been given the @e handle on Twitter after becoming the platform’s largest shareholder, according to a new book. The book, “Extremely Hardcore” by Zoë Schiffer, documents Musk’s chaotic acquisition of Twitter and notes that Yoel Roth, then-chief marketing officer at Twitter, received a request from Musk to transfer ownership of the @e handle to him in April 2022.
On April 4, Musk publicly disclosed that he owned a 9.1% stake in the company and its stock soared as a result. A week later, he offered to buy Twitter for $44 billion. According to Schiffer’s book, single-letter usernames like @e could change hands for about $50,000. However, Twitter typically does not transfer account handles without a legitimate business reason.
The owner of the @e account had been suspended at the time of the transfer request from Roth. Despite this, Musk was given permission to take possession of the account and changed 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’s profile picture as its avatar. Schiffer says that Musk also has another account under his son’s name and it seems that he may not be very active on either account.