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Twitter will be bought within two years: Ex-Yahoo exec

Ross Levinsohn
Scott Mlyn | CNBC
Ross Levinsohn

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is tasked with a "virtually impossible" job of running two public companies — and that could spell an eventual takeover for Twitter, one media industry veteran said.

"I don't see a chance that this [Twitter] is an independent company in 24 months," Ross Levinsohn, former interim Yahoo CEO told CNBC's "Fast Money: Halftime Report" on Monday.

Levinsohn said there are tech and media companies sitting on mountains of cash, like Apple, that could make "immense and exciting" tie-ups with Twitter, which he calls a great brand with "tremendous" global and cultural impact. Plus, he said he'd like to see Dorsey focused more on a single company, rather than juggling Twitter and Square.

Twitter shares popped 2 percent on Monday. It comes as Yahoo is expected to announce the sale of its core business to an acquirer.

"With Yahoo — call it 'moving off the shelf' — if you're a pundit that focuses on this tech-media space, you're eyes get set on Twitter," Levinsohn said.

Apple did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Twitter declined to comment.