Other than the obvious buyout by another car company – General Motors, two non-automotive companies have been interested in Chrysler – the Blackstone Group and Cerberus. Investment firm Blackstone is currently already in the auto industry, and has US$125 billion in the bank. It currently has 58% ownership in TRW and has a stake in American Axle. Cerberus is currently looking at Delphi, and already own 51% in GMAC.
Blackstone has been given access to confidential Chrysler data to determine whether the firm is worth buying or not, while Cerberus has hired Chrysler’s former COO to advise it on a possible bid. This former COO is none other than Wolfgang Bernhard, who was involved in turning Chrysler around to a short-lived earnings rebound a few years back, but somehow got booted off the team in 2004. He then joined Volkswagen, and left in January 2007.