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Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of the eponymous PC manufacturer, is attempting to take his company private after almost 25 years in public hands. With financial backing from Microsoft and private-equity firm Silver Lake, he’s exercising his $3.6 billion, 15.7% stake in the company as part of the takeover bid.
He’s not the only founder of a now public company to retain a large portion of it. Here are the largest stakes by individuals in the companies they founded that are larger than Michael Dell’s both as a portion and in value:
Warren Buffet’s $50.7 billion, 38.1% of Berkshire Hathaway
Larry Ellison’s $39.1 billion, 23.5% of Oracle
Sheldon Adelson’s $23.4 billion, 52.4% of Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Jeff Bezos’s $22.6 billion, 19.2% of Amazon.com
Mark Zuckerberg’s $12.0 billion, 40.0% of Facebook.com
Harold Hamm’s $10.6 billion, 68.3% of Continental Resources
Richard Kinder’s $8.8 billion, 37.1% of Kinder Morgan