Jack Ma Steps Away from Ant Group; ChatGPT Developer in Talks to Raise USD$30bn

In today's ExchangeWire news digest: Jack Ma cedes control of fintech giant Ant Group; OpenAI in discussion to raise capital of USD$30bn (~£24bn); and Silvergate customers withdraw over USD$8bn (~£6.7bn) of digital currency following regulators' warnings.

Ma relinquishes control of Ant Group

Ant Group founder Jack Ma will step away from the fintech giant due to a lengthy regulatory crackdown from Chinese authorities. The company’s attempt to debut on the stock market with an IPO of USD$37bn (~£24.7bn) fell through in November 2020, catalysing a mammoth overhaul of Ant’s operations.

In giving up control of Ant, Ma’s voting rights at the firm will drop from 50% to 6.2%. In a statement released on Saturday, the company said it was restructuring so that, “no shareholder, alone or jointly with other parties, will have control over Ant Group”.

OpenAI in talks to raise USD$30bn

The developer behind ChatGPT, OpenAI, is contemplating selling its existing shares to raise capital. The company’s tender offer would value OpenAI at USD$30bn (~£24bn), making it one of the most valuable start-ups in the US.

Thrive Capital and Founders Fund are reportedly amongst the venture-capital firms in talks with OpenAI to purchase shares. A final deal is yet to be reached and OpenAI is yet to confirm the terms.

Silvergate hit with crypto withdrawals of USD$8bn

California-based bank Silvergate, one of the US’ largest banks for cryptocurrency services, has seen customers withdraw over USD$8bn (~£6.7bn) of digital currency. According to the BBC, two-thirds of Silvergate customers pulled their deposits during the final quarter of 2022.

The mass-withdrawals follow warnings from the three US agencies that trading and holding cryptocurrency was “highly likely to be inconsistent with safe and sound banking practices”. Silvergate has sold USD$5.2bn (~£4.2bn) in assets to maintain liquidity as a result of the withdrawals.

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Fact of the Day

70% - the estimated drop in Ant Group's valuation following the collapsed IPO.

Source: Forbes

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