Rupert Murdoch has offered to buy Time Warner (TWX - Get Report), the world's fourth-most profitable broadcasting & cable company, for $85 per share and Marci Ryvicker, a senior media analyst at Wells Fargo Securities says the Australian-born media mogul will likely offer as much as $105 per share to get the deal done.
If Rupert Murdoch buys the entire company then Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes would likely be asked to leave the company at age 62. There can be only one CEO, and Murdoch is quite happy with Chase Carey running the day-to-day operations at Fox. Jeff Bewkes is not a billionaire, he is not one of the most powerful people in the world and he is not one of the largest shareholders of Time Warner.
He cannot win this war on his own.
It's time to call in the calvary and request assistant from these 12 wealthy business types who may harbor their own distaste for Mr. Murdoch or simply want to get in on the media industry merger movement. Almost all of them are billionaires and all of them are at least as wealthy as Rupert Murdoch, according to Forbes:
- Bill Gates, Technology Advisor of Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report)
- Carlos Slim Helu, wealthiest or second wealthiest man in the world depending on the day. You can check his wallet in real time here.
- Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A - Get Report) (BRK.B - Get Report)
- Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon (AMZN - Get Report)
- Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Director of Special Projects and CEO of Google (GOOG - Get Report), (GOOGL - Get Report) respectively.
- Timothy Cook, CEO of Apple (AAPL - Get Report)
- Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report)
- Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook (FB - Get Report)
- Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric (GE - Get Report)
- Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs Group (GS - Get Report)
- Li Ka-shing, Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa (HUWHY)
Jeff Bezos is a fundamental piece in the totally new and improved complicated machine which for now I am calling Fox Brothers but that is a topic for another day. Jaime Dimon would just issue a new $10 billion credit card to Time Warner backed by Superman, Batman and eight more popular superheroes just like Marvel did a few years ago when they requested a $525 million loan from Merrill Lynch to make films and they used Captain America, Nick Fury and eight others as collateral. Apple now has more cash than Canada, the United States of America and the United Kingdom combined, or about $159 billion which is enough to buy Time Warner AND Fox at the same time. Tim Cook may be open to a deal. As you probably already know, you can't import the billions these companies have stored overseas back to the United States of America because Uncle Sam would hit you hard with a huge tax bill. This is where Li-Ka-shin and Carlos Slim Helu come in. Preparing for a meeting in the same room with 12 of the most powerful people in the world is extremely complicated, but that is what Jeff Bewkes needs to do if he wants to rule the world someday.
Go out and find some friends.