Bill Gates On Track To Own Zero Stock In Microsoft By 2018
As part of a pre-set trading plan, Gates has been selling off 20 million Microsoft shares every quarter. In doing so, former CEO Steve Ballmer just surpassed Gates as the company's largest individual shareholder with 333 million shares versus 330 million, Reuters reports.
Each of them now own about 4 percent of the total outstanding shares, far more than any other individual. When Microsoft went public back in 1986, Gates owned a 49 percent stake in the company. As Microsoft grew, his ownership made him the richest person in the world, a distinction that holds true today (Gates is worth around $77.2 billion, according to Forbes).
Gate relinquished his role as CEO in January 2000 but remained on as Chairman and created a chief software architect position for himself. Then in 2006, Gates began his transition from full-time to part-time work. His last day as a full-time Microsoft employee came on June 27, 2008. Gates also stepped down as Chairman earlier this year.