Twitter is preparing to sell 70 million shares to the public in an IPO that will value the company at about $11-billion.
Below is a list of the number of shares owned by some of the people and investment firms that will benefit most from the offering:
Executive officers and directors:
Evan Williams, 56,909,847 shares, or 12 per cent. Williams was Twitter’s chief executive until 2010, when current CEO Dick Costolo took the helm. He is now working on a publishing platform, Medium, dedicated to long-form content. Williams will have a 10.4-per-cent stake after selling shares in the IPO, according to the company’s most recent prospectus.
Current value of stake: $967.5-million to $1.14 billion
Jack Dorsey, 23,453,017 shares, or 4.9 per cent. Dorsey co-founded Twitter and still serves as its chairman. In 2009, he founded payments service Square and serves as its CEO. Dorsey will have a 4.3-per-cent stake after the IPO.
Current value of stake: $398.7-million to $469.1-million
Dick Costolo, 7,675,239 shares, or 1.6 per cent. The onetime improvisational comedian took the helm of Twitter in 2010. He joined Twitter as chief operating officer the year before, after he and co-founders sold their Web feed management provider FeedBurner to Google Inc. in 2007. Costolo will have a 1.4-per-cent stake after the offering.
Current value of stake: $130.5-million to $153.5-million
Adam Bain, 1,785,818 shares, or less than 1 per cent. Bain is the president of global revenue at Twitter. He was formerly the president of audience network at News Corp.’s Fox Interactive Media.
Current value of stake: $30.4-million to $35.7-million
David Rosenblatt, 291,666 shares, or less than 1 per cent. Rosenblatt is the CEO of luxury online retailer 1stdibs.com and is a member of Twitter’s board of directors.
Current value of stake: $4.95-million to $5.83-million
The following groups own at least 5 per cent:
Rizvi Traverse Management and affiliates, 85,171,093 shares, or 17.9 per cent. A closely held private-equity fund based in Michigan, Rizvi has made a name for itself by buying stakes in entertainment companies such as Playboy and movie producer Summit Entertainment. Last year, it led a $200-million funding round in Jack Dorsey’s payments company, Square. The group will have a 15.6-per-cent stake in Twitter after the IPO.
Current value of stake: $1.45-billion to $1.7-billion
Spark Capital and affiliates, 32,414,224 shares, or 6.8 per cent. Venture firm Spark started investing in Twitter in 2008. For a time, Spark partner Bijan Sabet served on Twitter’s board. The group will have a 6-per-cent stake after the IPO.
Current value of stake: $551.0-million to $648.3-million
Benchmark, 31,567,052 shares, or 6.6 per cent. Venture firm Benchmark started investing in Twitter in 2009 when it was valued in the $200-million-$250-million range. Benchmark will have a 5.8-per-cent stake after the IPO.
Current value of stake: $536.6-million to $631.3-million
Union Square Ventures and affiliates, 27,838,992 shares, or 5.9 per cent. Venture firm Union Square started investing in Twitter in 2008. For a time, USV partner Fred Wilson served on Twitter’s board. The group will have a 5.1-per-cent stake after the sale.
Current value of stake: $473.3-million to $556.8-million
DST Global and affiliates, 23,744,745 shares, or 5 per cent. The investment firm founded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner led a $400-million investment in Twitter in 2011. At the time, Twitter was valued at around $8-billion. The group will have a 4.4-per-cent stake after the IPO.
Current value of stake: $403.7-million to $474.9-million