Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Skype Investors Win Big in Microsoft-Skype Deal | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD

A solid ROI case study

Andreessen Horowitz’s stake is joined with Silver Lake, as well as the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

In total, they own about 56 percent of Skype, worth about $4.5 billion.

Another 30 percent is owned by eBay, which seems to have done a little better than even-steven for all its trouble with Skype.

It will get $2.4 billion now, having paid out about $3 billion back in 2005 for Skype. It got the $1.9 billion in the latest investor deal in 2009.

The big winners are Zennström and Friis, who keep on selling the same company to corporate moneybags over and over, while also suing anyone who looked at them crossways.

Skype Investors Win Big in Microsoft-Skype Deal | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD

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