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Ackman Says He Held Early Talks to Take Airbnb, Stripe Public

Sept. 3, 2020, 6:56 PM

Bill Ackman said he has held preliminary discussions with Airbnb Inc., Stripe Inc., and others about potentially going public through a merger with his blank-check company.

The billionaire investor held “get-to-know-you” discussions with Airbnb’s management, Ackman said in an interview Thursday with Bloomberg TV.

Talks didn’t get to the point of due diligence before the home-sharing company filed for an initial public offering last month, he said, confirming a report in Bloomberg News.

While Airbnb hasn’t ruled out a merger with his Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd. or a similar company, it prefers a traditional IPO, he added. ...

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