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Spotify IPO: Top shareholders who will get rich


  • Spotify is making ready to grow to be a public corporate.
  • An IPO will be excellent for a variety of Spotify executives and traders who personal numerous stocks.
  • Here’s an inventory of the most important shareholders in Spotify who stand to get rich (or get richer) if the IPO is going smartly.

Global song streaming provider Spotify simply filed the bureaucracy for its IPO by which it hopes to lift no less than $1 billion for the corporate.

The corporate would possibly not be the one beneficiary. Should its inventory fare smartly, Spotify’s founders, executives and primary traders will additionally fare smartly.

We do not know but what quantity of money Spotify hopes its stocks to promote at, so we do not know the way many hundreds of thousands Spotify will convey every of those other folks or funding corporations. Spotify will value its stocks nearer to its first day of buying and selling.

But we do know who owns numerous stocks and who stands to get a providence, because of its IPO paperwork filed with the SEC.

Here are the most important doable winners from the Spotify IPO:

Daniel Ek, 35, is the corporate’s co-founder CEO and the face of Spotify. He recently owns 25% of the corporate and just about 47 million stocks. Those stocks will be price greater than $1 billion if Spotify trades at $22 consistent with proportion or extra.

Daniel Ek

Wealth is not anything new to Ek. He’s been a self-made millionaire for over a decade now after promoting his first corporate, advert tech startup Advertigo, at age 23 for $1.25 million.

After that sale, he purchased fancy automobiles, wooed girls and wound up feeling empty and depressed he later admitted.

That’s when he began fascinated with doing one thing subsequent together with his existence, had lengthy talks with Swedish businessman Martin Lorentzon the place they envisioned making a approach to permit other folks to have higher get admission to to the entire global’s song. And right here we’re at Spotify’s IPO.

Martin Lorentzon, 48, co-founder and director and previous chairman, is the following largest shareholder. He owns 13% of the corporate, slightly below 24 million stocks.

Lorentzon’s first partnership with Ek was once when the advert community corporate he based, Tradedoubler obtained Ek’s corporate Advertigo in 2006 and made the younger Ek a millionaire.

Investor Sony Music Entertainment International owns over 10 million stocks. Its funding deal, and the royalties it constructed from sharing its massive catalog of song with Spotify, was once the supply of a few dispute. 19 artists together with Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood sued Sony over it, alleging they were not getting their fair proportion of cash Spotify was once paying Sony. As Spotify prepped for its IPO, Sony settled that swimsuit in January.

Investor Technology Crossover Management (TCV) owns nine.five million stocks, overseen by way of TCV spouse and Spotify board member Christopher “Woody” Marshall. Marshall has an enormous roster of a success investments beneath his belt, together with Netflix, Airbnb, Twilio, Dollar Shave Club, others.

Martin Lorentzon

Investor Tiger Global owns 12.2 million stocks. Tiger is without doubt one of the global’s biggest hedge price range, based by way of Chase Coleman, an early investor in Facebook and an influence participant in tech and finance.

Investor Tencent, owns about 13.four million stocks. Tencent is the Chinese web large, run by way of its billionaire, engineer founder CEO Pony Ma. He is one among China’s wealthiest other folks.

CFO Barry McCarthy owns 142,680 stocks, and has upcoming choices to buy about every other 1.five million stocks. McCarthy is the previous CFO of Netflix.

Shishir Mehrotra, 38, owns 99,560 stocks. Mehrotra is a board member and previous YouTube government. In April he was once granted $2.6 million price of stocks for his time as an worker at Spotify, too.

There are a variety of different well known other folks who will additionally get advantages with Spotify’s IPO as a result of they’re serving on Spotify’s board. This contains Padmasree Warrior, former superstar engineer at Cisco and present CEO of NIO US (a Chinese electrical automobile corporate); Nike exec Heidi O’Neill and Netflix exec Ted Sarandos.

About Joel Johnson

Joel S. Johnson writes for Business Finance Section in AmericaRichest.

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