Who Owns Microsoft?

Major individual shareholders comprise co-founder Bill Gates, who stepped down from the company’s board in 2020. As of 2019, Gates still owned a stake of 103 million stocks, which accounted for 1.34% of the company’s ownership (worth over $21 billion in October 2020). 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

Microsoft major institutional and individual shareholders in 2020, disclosed within its financials (Source: Microsoft Financials).
Microsoft major institutional and individual shareholders in 2019, disclosed within its financials (Source: Microsoft Financials).

It’s important to notice that in 2020, Bill Gates stepped down from the board of directors. Thus we don’t have anymore an exact disclosing for the company’s stock ownership. Therefore, we can find that for 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 October 2020, Microsoft market cap passed 1.6 trillion-dollar, thus making Bill Gates’ stake potentially worth more than $21 billion.

Over the last decade, Bill Gates has been selling most of Microsoft’s shares, focusing more and more on his foundation. Therefore, what we see is the left stake of the company’s ownership.

More about Microsoft

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. With over $110 billion in revenues in 2018, Office Products and Windows are still the main products. Yet the company also operates in Gaming (Xbox), Search Advertising (Bing), Hardware, LinkedIn, Cloud, and more.
Microsoft has a diversified business model spanning across Office products, Windows, Gaming (Xbox), Search Advertising (Bing), Hardware, LinkedIn, Cloud and more. 
Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft is a revolutionary company in the world of personal computing. The company designs and manufactures software, hardware, operating systems, apps, and devices. Indeed, Windows and Microsoft Office are staples in billions of homes worldwide.

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