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May 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Steve Ballmer now owns more Microsoft shares than Bill Gates does

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is now Microsoft’s top individual shareholder, after company co-founder Bill Gates sold 4.6 million shares Wednesday.

Ballmer now owns 333.3 million shares (or 4.03 percent of the shares outstanding) and is Microsoft’s fourth largest shareholder, according to Bloomberg. Gates now owns 330.6 million shares (4 percent) and is the company’s fifth largest shareholder.

The company’s biggest investors are BlackRock, which owns 446.8 million shares (5.41 percent), Capital Group Cos. with 397.6 million (4.81 percent) and Vanguard Group with 372.6 million (4.51 percent).

Gates’ selling of his shares, however, doesn’t make a large dent in his wealth. In the most recent Forbes 400 list, Gates, with a net worth of $72 billion, still topped the list — for the 20th year in a row — as the richest American.He also reclaimed the world’s richest person title from Mexico‚Äôs Carlos Slim.

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