- Dec 22, 2009
Mysterious Dutch billionaire behind Spyker's renewed Saab bid?
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Too bad Saab couldn't get this much ink while they were fully-alive. That's right folks, another day, another story about the undead Swedish brand. Just-Auto.com is reporting that a mystery Dutch investor is behind Spyker's 11th-hour bid for Saab. As we've learned, it's best not to do any Saab reporting of any kind without first checking in with the
And guess what? They're pointing to an article in Holland's Telegraff that states the mystery billionaire is (maybe) none other than... Marcel Boekhoorn. We've never heard of him either, but apparently he's quite rich. Boekhoorn, for his part, denies any such deal, stating, "All not true. It is invented." However, Mr. Boekhoorn is a Spyker investor and reportedly acts as an adviser to Spyker owner Victor Muller. Let's not forget that Spyker's stock price swelled 23.5% after their renewed bid for Saab. Mr Boekhoorn's also an investor in Telegraaf...
Reportedly, one of the eleven qualms that General Motors had with selling Saab was over some of the Russian investors tied up with Spyker – fears of Saab's technology falling into Russian hands and all that. As it turns out, Spyker's main investors, Vladimir and Alexander Antonov who together own a 29.3 percent stake in the Dutch sports car maker, are not behind the renewed deal. Nor is the Abu Dhabi state investment fund Mubadala Development, which owns 22.7 percent.
Could it be that GM is only talking to Spyker and the Swedish government because of this maybe-mysterious Dutch billionaire investor? Short answer, yes. Besides, it's not December 31 yet, GM's original deadline for offloading Saab. We'll keep you posted.
[Sources: Just-Auto; Saabs United; Telegraaf]