Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates sold 13% of his shares of the company in the last year, InformationWeek reported Tuesday. In the last two years, Gates has dumped 22% of his stake in the world's largest software maker, which he co-founded, according to SEC filings.

Gates, the richest American -- as of last year -- with $53 billion, has diversified his portfolio with investments in companies such as solid-waste processor Republic Services while funding the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the publication said.

The divestment by Gates, who remains Microsoft's biggest shareholder with about 7% of the company, has some technology observers wondering whether the company's founder is disappointed with Microsoft's stockholder returns. Microsoft's annual return over the most recent five-year period is about 3%, compared to almost 40% for Apple and 30% for Oracle (ORCL).

Late last month, Microsoft that earnings for the quarter ended Dec. 31 fell about 1% from a year earlier on sluggish personal-computer shipments. Revenue was up 5% to $20 billion.


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mwat93513

I hope Bill buys out EXIT ONLY (EXTO). It has the potential of exploding within the next 2 years....

March 09 2011 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kenneth

Gates' share-holdings (still about 7% of shares outstanding is a tremendous "overhang" which possibly depresses the market in MSFT. Yet, one cn not blame him for gradually monetizing his gains--after all, he and Paul Allen built the house and should be entitled to tear it down, too. I assume that he paid or has paid his taxes on all that capital gain.

February 09 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Annette

While he gets richer on his fortune, the stock sits at $28 a share. What is he doing to give something back to shareholders?

February 09 2011 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jsujet

Buddy, if you don't like the computer then get off.

February 09 2011 at 7:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dennis

NOT GOOD NEWS TIME TO SELL ????

February 09 2011 at 1:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JAMES BROOKS

Bill Gates is every thing things is possible

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February 09 2011 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
buddy7768

bill gates is a fag.the computer is bullshit.it does nothing but control us.88 baby

February 08 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
kv37

He might as well sell it. Can't take it with you.

February 08 2011 at 8:49 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Gumby

Billy Gates, invest in ALCOA now!!

February 08 2011 at 8:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply