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The seven founders who own more of their company than Michael Dell does of his

Largest ownership stakes by founders
  • David Yanofsky
By David Yanofsky

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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

Mark Zuckerberg’s $12.0 billion, 40.0% of

Harold Hamm’s $10.6 billion, 68.3% of Continental Resources

Richard Kinder’s $8.8 billion, 37.1% of Kinder Morgan

Correction (February 5, 4:10 PM ET): Due to inaccurate data an earlier version of this story neglected to list Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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