Gates no longer largest individual Microsoft shareholder


Steve Ballmer has become Microsoft's (MSFT) largest individual shareholder after Bill Gates sold another lot of shares, taking his holding to just over 330M vs more than 333M for Ballmer. Both men own around 4%.

Institutional investors Vanguard, State Street and BlackRock have slightly larger holdings.

Bill Gates will cease to own any Microsoft shares by mid-2018 if he continues to sell 20M shares a quarter, as he has been doing for most of the last dozen years

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  • DUP
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    What does he know, that we don't? So what does he own? Or will own?
    4 May 2014, 08:33 AM Reply Like
  • joelkatz
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    Do you think that if it would be anything negative about MSFT he would sell it over twelve years? and do you think that what was wrong twelve years ago is still relevant today?

     

    It's just what he needs to do, he worked he needs to get paid.

     

    And he's smart enough not to put all eggs in one nest, no matter how safe of a company it should be.
    4 May 2014, 09:25 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    He has to keep Melinda happy.
    4 May 2014, 09:57 AM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Check out Cascade Investment LLC and see for yourself.

     

    http://bit.ly/1iOKkv6
    5 May 2014, 12:26 AM Reply Like
  • Hubert Biagi
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    Ballmer, the single greatest destroyer of wealth in the company's history...
    4 May 2014, 10:06 AM Reply Like
  • hinch
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    Here is a list of what bill gates is currently holding
    Symbol Exchange
    AN NYSE
    BP NYSE
    BRK.B NYSE
    CAT NYSE
    CCI NYSE
    CNI NYSE
    ECL NYSE
    FDX NYSE
    KO NYSE
    KOF NYSE
    LBTYA NAS
    LBTYK NAS
    MCD NYSE
    RSG NYSE
    TV NYSE
    WM NYSE
    WMT NYSE
    XOM NYSE
    4 May 2014, 10:13 AM Reply Like
  • dorkmeyer
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    Although I am not now and have never been a Bill Gates apologist, I think that he might deserve the "benefit of the doubt" in this situation: for some time now he's gradually been shifting his attention---and money---away from the company that he founded and more toward the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation, and it's possible that, although he mighn't have qualms about keeping the majority of a personal fortune in one stock, he'd consider it a breach of fiduciary duty to do so with the endowment of a philanthropic organization. Just a thought.
    4 May 2014, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • divStrong
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    You're spot on, as the richest man on the planet is no longer interested in making money (guess $70B+ net work can have that effect).

     

    As I understand it, Bill & Melinda Gates, along with many other top 0.01% folks have committed to giving huge portions of their wealth to charity, namely through 'The Giving Pledge' @ http://givingpledge.org

     

    My read on his selling of MSFT is simply the culmination of his life's work - cashing in after 30 years while the company is on solid ground and also favorably valued at $40ish/share.
    5 May 2014, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • kevinwu
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    non of these stocks look better than msft right now
    4 May 2014, 11:10 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Bill Gates has made about $40 billion off of his Microsoft stock and has double that to $80 by letting Cascade Investment. LLC diversify his investments.
    5 May 2014, 12:29 AM Reply Like
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