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Bill Gates Selling Millions of Microsoft Shares

 7:24 pm on Feb 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

Bill Gates Selling Millions of Microsoft Shares [informationweek.com]
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is continuing to sell shares in the company at a rate that might set off alarm bells for some investors. Regulatory documents filed Monday show that Gates sold 5 million shares on Feb. 3, and documents filed last Friday reveal that he sold an additional 5 million on Feb. 2.

The moves follow a year in which Gates aggressively pared back his Microsoft holdings. SEC records reviewed by InformationWeek show that, in the past 12 months, Gates has sold off a whopping 90 million sharesóreducing his holdings of Microsoft common stock by 13%. Over the past two years, Gates has cut his interest in the company he co-founded by about 22% through more than a dozen separate transactions.

Gates now holds roughly 591 million Microsoft shares, or about 7% of the 8.4 billion shares outstanding, and remains its largest single stockholder.



 7:33 pm on Feb 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

Can't say I blame him. Philanthropy is expensive and needs to be paid for somehow. I don't really find it very unusual that someone would cash out, especially with so many shares remaining.


 7:55 pm on Feb 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

It'd only look bad is if he was taking all that money and investing it into competing tech companies. Otherwise he might just want to keep funding his causes.


 10:42 am on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

I think that the investors and press just like to read other things into it.

brotherhood of LAN

 11:33 am on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

They wouldn't be worth anything to him if he couldn't sell them.

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