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Google chairman to sell USD 2.5 bn of shares

Washington, Feb 9, 2013 (AFP) 16:09 IST
Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell 3.2 million ''A'' shares, currently worth USD 2.5 billion, over the next year, Google has said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The sale amounts to 42 per cent of Schmidt's 7.6 million Class A and Class B shares in the company, a 2.3 per cent stake in the company, but 8.2 per cent of voting power.
The sale is part of a pre-arranged trading plan for Schmidt's "long-term strategy for individual asset diversification and liquidity," according to the filing.

"Using this trading plan, Eric can diversify his investment portfolio and can spread stock trades out over a period of one year to reduce market impact."

Google's share price climbed 1.5 per cent yesterday to a new all-time record of USD 785.37, putting the value of the shares Schmidt will sell at USD 2.51 billion.

In its September 2012 billionaires list -- when Google shares crossed the USD 700 line for the first time -- Forbes ranked Schmidt 138th in the world, with his fortune worth USD 7.5 billion.

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