Kevin Systrom – Instagram
was worth $400 million, another $100 million went to co-founder Mike Krieger and the remaining half billion was divvied up by various venture capitalists. The terms of the deal would pay Instagram $300 million cash and 23 million shares of Facebook stock which at the time (prior to their IPO) were valued at $23 a share or $690 million. Good deal right? Ehhh… Turns out not so much. It would have been a great deal if Facebook’s stock exploded after their IPO like everyone hoped/expected but, as we laid out in example #4 above, Facebook went on to lose half its value, Instagram lost $300 million and Kevin Systrom’s take was reduced by $120 million to $280 million.
Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
Zuckerberg’s net worth has dropped to $10 billion. Shockingly, several analysts and reporters have actually called for the mighty Zuck to step down from his own company!
Reed Hastings – Netflix
As we reported back in October, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has experienced one of the most incredible falls from grace in CEO history. Almost exactly one year ago, Netflix was a Wall Street darling, with the stock hitting an all time high of $300. The company had a market cap of $16.5 billion and Reed Hasting’s net worth was $900 million. Fast forward 12 months and Netflix’s stock has lost 78% of its value thanks to their very public, very disastrous Qwikster debacle which raised fees and sent subscribers fleeing by the tens of thousands. It also didn’t help that the company lost several key licensing deals which left their streaming library very thin. Reed Hasting has been selling his own stock like there’s no tomorrow and his net worth is currently $280 million.
Mark Pincus – Zynga
Zynga was once the hottest tech company in the world, with a highly anticipated IPO that many expected would value the social game maker at $15 – $20 billion. Zynga went public in December of 2011, at a respectable $9 price per share. Over the next four months, the stock slowly climbed to a peak of $16 which made the company worth $7.4 billion. CEO Mark Pincus owns 67 million shares of Zynga which were worth nearly $1.1 billion at the stock’s peak. Prior to creating Zynga, Pincus spent $400,000 to buy an early 0.5% stake in Facebook which, at one time, added an additional $425 million to his net worth. Apparently this has been a rough summer for Mark Pincus, Zynga and Facebook because after peaking at $16, Zynga started a slow slide and by June was in a full free fall,losing over 80% of its value. Zynga today trades in the $3 range (and has gone as low as $2.6) which gives the company a market cap of $2.4 billion. The value of Pincus’ shares has dropped from $1.1 billion to $200 million, a loss of $900 million. To add insult to injury, Facebook has lost half it’s value since going public which has cut Pincus’ $425 million stake down to $212 million. Mark Pincus’ net worth today stands at $425 million, a total loss of $1.113 billion in a matter of three months.
Andrew Mason and Eric Lefkofsky – Groupon
Before Groupon went public, the company raised over $950 million in venture capital of which $810 million was paid out to early investors and insiders. CEO Andrew Mason paid himself $30 million and early backer Erick Lefkofsky took out $320 million. This move raised a lot of eyebrows, but their Venture Capitalists quickly focused on the company’s November 2011 IPO which is where the real gold would be found. Groupon’s public offering has been a disaster. Mason and Lefkofsky, who own 46 million and 110 million shares respectively, became an instant billionaires when GRPN debuted on the NASDAQ at $26 a share. Mason’s net worth grew to $1.4 billion when the stock peaked at $31.1 and Lefkofsky’s net worth hit an all time high of $3.4 billion. Unfortunately due to several accounting regularities and slower sales growth, Groupon has lost 85% of it’s value over the last 9 months, shrinking Andrew Mason’s net worth by more than $1.17 billion to $230 million. Eric Lefkofsky’s net worth has shrunk by $2.9 billion to $800 million (his shares are worth $506 million, but remember he took out over $300 million from the VCs). Most analysts agree that Groupon’s immediate future does not look very bright. Consumers and businesses have grown tired of the daily deals concept and the stock continues to slide each day.
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