Trump awarded 36 million more Trump Media shares worth £1.4 billion

Former US president Donald Trump has secured an additional 1.8 billion dollars (£1.44 billion) worth of shares in Trump Media, according to a regulatory filing this week.

Based on the company’s stock hitting certain price benchmarks, Mr Trump was awarded an additional 36 million shares in the company that owns his social media platform Truth Social.

That brings his total ownership to more than 114 million shares, which based on Wednesday’s closing stock price, are worth about 5.2 billion dollars (£4.16 billion).

For now, the value of those shares is considered “paper wealth”. Mr Trump is prohibited from selling any shares for six months after Trump Media went public without securing a waiver from the company’s board.

Mr Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, now owns close to two-thirds of the company’s outstanding shares.

Trump Media & Technology Group shares have surged in the past couple of weeks and closed on Tuesday at 49.93 dollars (£39.98). Mr Trump only needed the stock to be above 17.50 dollars (£14.01) each for 20 consecutive trading days to secure the new shares.

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Donald Trump set up Truth Social after he was banned from other social media platforms (Curtis Means/Pool via AP)

On March 26, the first day of trading after Trump Media closed the merger with Digital World Acquisition, shares in the newly combined company reached nearly 80 dollars (£64.06) each in intraday trading before closing at 57.99 dollars (£46.43).

Less than a week after that flashy stock market debut, Trump Media disclosed that it lost nearly 58.2 million dollars (£46.60) last year, sending its stock tumbling more than 21%. The 2023 losses marked a stark decline compared with the profit of 50.5 million dollars (£40.44) that the company reported for 2022, according to a regulatory filing.

In the subsequent weeks, the company’s stock tumbled to around 22 dollars (£17.62) each before rebounding in mid-April.

Truth Social launched in February 2022, one year after Mr Trump was banned from major social platforms including Facebook and X, formerly Twitter, following the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. He has since been reinstated to both but has stuck with Truth Social.

Trump Media shares fell 8.6% to 45.64 dollars (£36.54) in morning trading on Wednesday.

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