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Twitter IPO: Stealth Investor Suhail Rizvi Set to Make Fortune.

Suhail Rizvi, a US-based financer and secretive Twitter shareholder, is poised to make a killing on the stock markets when the microblogging service goes public later this year.

Rizvi, who counts British billionaire Richard Branson and Jeffrey Skoll Jeffrey Skoll (born January 16, 1965) is a Canadian born businessman who lives in Los Angeles, California.[1] He was the second employee and first president of internet auction firm eBay, and used the wealth this gave him to become a philanthropist and to found the , the former eBay executive and film producer, among his clients, began investing in Twitter in late 2010.

In three years, Rizvi managed to sell Twitter stock to several big-hitter investors such as JPMorgan Chase and Kingdom Holding, Saudi Prince Alwaleed's investment arm.

He and his investors together hold a 15% stake in the San Francisco-based firm, purchased at a staggering cost of over $1bn, ( reported Reuters .

Branson and Skoll aside, Rizvi's network of high net-worth individuals includes Queen Noor of Jordan Queen Noor (Arabic: الملكة نور) (born August 23, 1951 in Washington, D.C.) is the fourth wife and widow of the late King Hussein of Jordan.

She was born an American of Syrian, Swedish, Scottish, and English descent.
 and Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.

However, it is still not known if any of them have invested in Twitter.

The 47-year-old financier, the co-founder of New York-based private equity firm ( Rizvi Traverse , is known to guard his privacy fervently.

Both Rizvi and Twitter refused to comment.

From India to Hollywood

Rizvi, born in India, migrated to the US with his family at the age of five.

He and his older brother Ashraf graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton business school and they both serve on the undergraduate school's executive board.

Rizvi honed his deal-making skills in Hollywood.

He helped Hugh Hefner de-list Playboy Enterprises; bought and sold Canada-based film studio Lions Gate, the maker of the "Twilight" teen vampire movies; and led the takeover of International Creative Management (ICM ICM Intercom
ICM Integrated Crop Management
ICM International Congress of Mathematicians
ICM Information Classification and Management
ICM Intelligent Contact Management (Cisco)
ICM International Creative Management
), the talent agency that has represented movie stars such as Robert Redford and Mel Gibson.

"He's not to be underestimated. His approach to traditional media as well as technology has put him in a great position," Jeremy Zimmer, chief executive of United Talent Agency, ICM's rival, told Reuters. "His ICM investment was viable and gave him a seat at the table and a chance to make a sound investment in Twitter."

Twitter IPO (Initial Public Offering) The first time a company offers shares of stock to the public. While not a computer term per se, many founders, employees and insiders of computer companies have found this acronym more exciting than any tech term they ever heard.  

On 3 October, ( Twitter made an official filing with the US SEC disclosing its financials in connection with its plans to raise $1bn ([pounds sterling]620m) from its initial public offering.

The microblogging website is eyeing a ( flotation on the New York Stock Exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City.

See: New York Stock Exchange
) that is expected to value it at about $16bn ([pounds sterling]9.9bn, E11.8bn).

However, Twitter is yet to make a profit from its seven years of operation. For the first six months of 2013, the company made a loss of $69m on revenues of $254m, according to the prospectus.

Nevertheless, it has significantly grown its revenues from just $28m in 2010 to $317m at the end of 2012. Many analysts believe initial losses do not matter for a fast-growing startup company.
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Date:Oct 4, 2013
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