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Enlarge / Then-OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at APEC CEO Summit at Moscone West on November 16, 2023, in San Francisco. (credit: Getty Images | Justin Sullivan )

Former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is in talks to return to the company’s top job days after he was fired, but nothing has been finalized, according to news reports today.

“Discussions are happening between Altman, CEO Emmett Shear and at least one board member, Adam D’Angelo,” Bloomberg wrote, citing anonymous sources. “The talks also involve some of OpenAI’s investors, many of whom are pushing for his reinstatement.” OpenAI shareholders reportedly lobbying for Altman’s reinstatement include Thrive Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Tiger Global Management.

Altman was fired on Friday by the board of directors of OpenAI, Inc., the nonprofit that controls the for-profit subsidiary OpenAI Global. An Altman return could be paired with changes to the board.

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