Bill Gates Stocks : Bill Gates Sells Off 90 Million Of His Microsoft Shares

In the past year, Bill Gates, the founder and largest single stockholder of Microsoft has sold off 90 million of his own stocks. As Information Week reports, Gates has reduced his stock holdings by 13 percent, with ten million shares sold as recently as last week.

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. SEC records reviewed by Information Week show that, in the past 12 months, Gates has sold off a whopping 90 million shares—reducing 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.

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

Meanwhile, some critics might point to Windows Vista or the KIN phone as proof that Microsoft has become a garbage-in, garbage-out software company, as Bill Gates is now investing in garbage–literally–as in the company Republic Services, which deals in solid waste services.