Facebook shares were involved in some large transactions in recent days, with moves by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, board member Peter Thiel, and Russian Internet company Mail.ru Group making the news.
Early major investor Peter Thiel has dumped much of his Facebook stock, as have Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz, Accel Partners, and Microsoft. Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has the ability to unload some of his roughly 500 million shares in October, but according to recent Securities and Exchange Commission filings, he won’t do that for at least 12 months.
With Facebook’s share price sputtering, much attention has been paid to sales of the social network’s shares by insiders including Director Peter Thiel (pictured) and Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz. Now, more details have emerged about their respective activities and plans.
The great Facebook stock sale frenzy continues on with a report that Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz unloaded 450,000 shares in the social network over the past three trading days, adding nearly $9 million to his coffers.
It was rumored that Facebook Director Peter Thiel was going to sell some of his stock in the social network when it was possible. The rumor is now fact. CNBC reported Monday that Thiel offloaded nearly all of his shares — about 22 million of them (2 million of which were distributed to his limited partners). Microsoft also sold 20 percent of its Facebook stock, which dipped below $19 per share Monday before rallying to $20.01 at closing time. The fallen stock price has an effect on the social network’s pending Instagram acquisition, as well.
Thursday was the first day that major investors in Facebook could sell their shares — and one company did just that. Accel Partners, one of the earliest investors in the social network, reportedly sold 50 million shares of Facebook (total worth: roughly $1 billion). Others could follow suit soon. Facebook’s stock, which closed Wednesday at $21.20 per share, fell to $19.87 when the closing bell rang Thursday.
Facebook Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz founded workplace collaboration company Asana in 2009, but the Silicon Valley startup is in the news again, having received a sizable payment from PayPal and others.
The appointment earlier this week of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg to the social network’s board of directors eliminated the lack of female voices on the group, but another type of voice is still lacking, according to blog Seeking Alpha.
Facebook made a move to silence critics who complained about the lack of women on its board of directors by adding a familiar name to the group: Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.