A top hedge funder who joined in an acquisition that announced a merger with Donald Trump's new social media startup promptly dumped his shares – missing out on a rocketing share price as he issued a statement on 'values.'
Boaz Weinstein, whose Saba Capital is valued at $3.5 billion, announced the sale in a statement that made plain he had no interest in being part of any new venture involving Trump – who on Wednesday announced plans to launch plans 'to create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the "Big Tech” companies.'
The merger, which involved Digital World Acquisition Corp. – an SPAC or special purpose acquisition company – sent shares rocketing more than 300 per cent on Wall Street.
The firm's market cap hit $1.5 billion after announcing its merger with Trump Media & Technology Group on Thursday.
Hedge fund manager Boaz Weinstein, pictured with wife Tali Farhadian Weinstein, said he sold shares in Digital World Acquisition Corp. after learning of its merger with Donald Trump's new media company
But Weinstein was having none of it, putting in an order to sell his shares at the start of trading Friday morning after Trump's new company announced the merger.
'I knew that for Saba the right thing was to sell our entire stake of unrestricted shares, which we have now done,' Weinstein said in a statement.
'Many investors are grappling with hard questions about how to incorporate their values into their work. For us, this was not a close call.'
Weinstein's wife, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, was a candidate for New York District Attorney. She clerked for Judge Merrick Garland, and in the Barack Obama justice department, serving as counsel for AG Eric Holder, who cut a video for her campaign.
Forbes estimated Boaz Weinstein's wealth at $450 million back in 2012 and included him in its lift of 40 top earning hedge fund managers.
Lighthouse Investment Partners also bailed out on the SPAC after the deal was announced, CNBC reported.
Weinstein's wife Tali Farhadian Weinstein ran for New York DA in the Democratic primary after lending millions to her campaign
Donald Trump said in a statement he created the new tech company 'to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech'
Digital World Acquisition was founded by Patrick Orlando, who previously worked at Deutsche Bank and started other SPACs, including one with offices in Wuhan, China
EF Hutton became famous for its television ads. The name returned when a firm advising the merger bought its name in June
Lighthouse had owned 3.2 million shares, or 11 percent of the SPAC. Saba had a 9.3 per cent stake, or 2.4 million shares.
'Lighthouse was not aware of the pending merger and no longer holds unrestricted shares of the SPAC,' the fund said in a statement.
News of the sales came as new information on the merger came to light Friday.
Digital World Acquisition was founded by Patrick Orlando, who previously worked at Deutsche Bank, a firm that served as the primary lender for the Trump Organization.
Orlando knew Trump before the deal, the New York Times reported. He has put together three other SPACs, sometimes called 'blank check companies' because they are assembled before knowing the firms they might acquire.
The firm went public on the Nasdaq last month – and for an advisor relied on Kingswood Capital Markets. That firm on June 15th announced it had changed its name to EF Hutton, a storied Wall Street name thanks mostly to its widespread television ads that aired for decades.
'EF Hutton is acting as sole financial and capital markets advisor to DWAC,' according to a statement released by Trump Media & Technology Group and Digital World Acquisition Corp. Wednesday.
The company name was made famous by its famous advertising phrase: 'When EF Hutton talks, people listen.'
Orlando is also CEO of Yunhong International, an SPAC that is incorporated in the Cayman Islands with offices in Wuhan, China, Bloomberg News reported. That merger failed last month.
Orlando studied at M.I.T. and also served as vice president of Sucro Can International LLC, a sugar processor.
Orlando's firm Benessere Capital was valued at $423 million Thursday, Reuters reported. Orlando invested just $3 million in the DWAG, and is entitled to additional share compensation.
Trump said in a statement announcing the firm: 'I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable. I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon.'