Trump’s social media company will go public after merger with shell company

Shareholders of Digital World Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded shell company, approved a deal to merge with the former president’s media business in a Friday vote. That means Trump Media & Technology Group, whose flagship product is social networking site Truth Social, will soon begin trading on the Nasdaq stock market.

Trump could receive a sizeable payout in the process. He would own most of the combined company — or nearly 79 million shares. Multiply that by Digital World’s closing stock price Thursday of $42.81, and the total value of Trump’s stake could surpass $3 billion. The shares did fall 5% after the merger approval was announced.

The deal’s greenlight arrives at a time the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is facing his most costly legal battle to date: a $454 million judgement in a fraud lawsuit brought by New York’s Democrat Attorney-General who campaigned on a promise to get Trump.

But Trump won’t be able to cash out the Friday deal’s windfall immediately, unless some things change, due to a “lock-up” provision that prevents company insiders from selling newly issued shares for six months.

Trump’s presidential campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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