Major shareholders comprise co-founder Bill Gates, who stepped down from the company’s board in 2020, which is why these shares are no longer publicly reported. In 2019, Gates still owned a stake of 103 million stocks, which accounted for 1.34% of the company’s ownership (worth over $23 billion in January 2023). Other individual shareholders comprise Satya Nadella, the company’s CEO, Brad Smith (former president), Jean-Philippe Courtois (EVP), and Amy Hood (former CFO).
Microsoft top shareholders
It’s important to note that in 2020, Bill Gates stepped down from the board of directors.
Thus we no longer have an exact disclosing of the company’s stock ownership.
Therefore, we can find that in 2019, when Bill Gates still owned a substantial stake in Microsoft, a stake of almost 103 million stocks worth 1.34% of the company.
In September 2022, Microsoft’s market cap was 1.76 trillion-dollar, thus making Bill Gates’ stake potentially worth more than $23 billion.
Over the last decade, Bill Gates has been selling most of Microsoft’s shares, focusing more and more on his foundation.
Therefore, we see the left stake of the company’s ownership.
Below is Microsoft’s board of directors.
How much does Microsoft’s CEO make?
Today Microsoft’s business model spans various segments.
In addition, in 2019-2023, Microsoft strengthened its partnership with OpenAI, which gave it an incredible headstart to the current AI revolution.
- Major Shareholders:
- Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, owned a substantial stake of around 103 million stocks, accounting for 1.34% of the company’s ownership in 2019. In January 2023, his stake was worth over $23 billion.
- Other individual shareholders include Satya Nadella, the CEO, Brad Smith (former president), Jean-Philippe Courtois (EVP), and Amy Hood (former CFO).
- Microsoft’s CEO Compensation:
- In 2022, Satya Nadella’s compensation was mainly performance-based, totaling over $54.9 million, which represented 96% of the total compensation.
- The compensation package included stock awards and non-equity incentives.
- Compared to previous years, Nadella’s compensation was $49.8 million in 2021 and $44.3 million in 2020.
- Microsoft’s Business Model:
- Microsoft has a diversified business model encompassing various segments, each contributing significantly to its revenue.
- The segments include Office products and cloud services, gaming with Xbox, LinkedIn, search advertising through Bing, enterprise services with GitHub, and more.
- In 2021, Microsoft’s total revenue exceeded $198 billion, with notable contributions from different segments:
- Over $67 billion came from Server products and cloud services.
- $44.8 billion came from Office products and cloud services.
- Windows generated $24.7 billion in revenue.
- Gaming revenue surpassed $16 billion.
- LinkedIn contributed over $13 billion in revenue.
- Search advertising (Bing) generated more than $11.5 billion.
- Enterprise services (GitHub) generated $7.4 billion in revenue.
- Devices (PC) generated almost $7 billion in revenue.
- Microsoft/OpenAI Partnership:
- Microsoft and OpenAI have had a strong commercial partnership since 2016 and further consolidated it in 2019 when Microsoft invested a billion dollars into the partnership.
- Currently, there are talks of Microsoft planning to invest $10 billion into the partnership, indicating a significant commitment to AI development.
- Through this partnership, Microsoft is actively involved in developing its Azure AI Supercomputer.
- The partnership also involves integrating OpenAI’s models into Microsoft’s business and consumer products, including GitHub, Office, and Bing.
- The collaboration has given Microsoft a notable head start in the AI revolution and strengthened its position in the AI market.
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