Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is one of the world's largest companies by market value and among the tech industry's greatest success stories. Founded in 1975, its Window's software product turned it into a multi-billion dollar corporation within the span of a few years. Microsoft's business today encompasses personal computing devices, cloud systems and services, software, and related products sold to both individual consumers and businesses. Demand for the company's cloud services and personal computing products has jumped as millions of consumers and business employees shelter at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The top shareholders of Microsoft are Satya Nadella, Bradford L. Smith, Jean-Philippe Courtois, Vanguard Group Inc., BlackRock Inc. (BLK), and State Street Corp.
Microsoft's 12-month trailing revenue and net income are $138.7 billion and $46.3 billion, respectively. The company's market capitalization is $1.6 trillion. All figures are as of July 10, 2020.
Below is a look in more detail at Microsoft's 6 biggest shareholders.
"Insider" refers to people in senior management positions and members of the board of directors, as well as people or entities that own more than 10% of the company's stock. In this context, it has nothing to do with insider trading.
Top 3 Individual Insider Shareholders
Satya Nadella owns 1,337,768 shares of Microsoft stock, representing 0.02% of total shares outstanding. Nadella has served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft since 2014. Nadella joined Microsoft 28 years ago in 1992. He has held leadership roles in Microsoft's enterprise and consumer businesses. Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, where he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which has outperformed the market and took share from competition. Microsoft today is one of the world's biggest cloud services providers. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.
Bradford L. Smith
Brad Smith owns 845,058 shares of Microsoft stock, representing 0.01% of total shares outstanding. Smith is President and Chief Legal Officer of the company, having previously served as Microsoft's general counsel. Smith serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads the company's initiatives on public issues such as cybersecurity, privacy, and environmental sustainability. After joining Microsoft in 2003 as general counsel, Smith spent the following decade leading work to resolve the company’s antitrust controversies with governments around the world. Previously, he was an associate and then partner at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C.
Jean-Philippe Courtois owns 600,510 shares of Microsoft, representing 0.01% of total shares outstanding. Courtois is Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations. He joined Microsoft in 1984 and has held numerous positions since that time, including general manager for Microsoft France, CEO and President of Microsoft EMEA, and President of Microsoft International.
Top 3 Institutional Shareholders
Institutional investors hold the majority of Microsoft's shares at about 70.7% of total shares outstanding.
Vanguard Group Inc.
Vanguard Group owns 640.2 million shares of Microsoft, representing 8.4% of total shares outstanding, according to the company's 13F filing for the period ending March 31, 2020. Vanguard is primarily a mutual fund and ETF management company with about $6.2 trillion in global assets under management (AUM). The Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) is among the company's largest exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with about $151 billion in AUM. Microsoft is the largest holding in this ETF, representing 5.5% of VOO's portfolio.
BlackRock owns 517.6 million shares of Microsoft, representing 6.8% of total shares outstanding, according to the company's 13F filing as of March 31, 2020. BlackRock is primarily a mutual fund and ETF management company with approximately $6.47 trillion in AUM. The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) is among BlackRock's largest ETFs with approximately $198.7 billion in AUM. Microsoft is the largest holding in this ETF, representing 6.2% of IVV's portfolio.
State Street Corp.
State Street owns 314.8 million shares of Microsoft, representing 4.2% of total shares outstanding, according to the company's 13F filing as of March 31, 2020. State Street manages mutual funds, ETFs and other investments with $3.1 trillion in AUM. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is among State Street's largest ETFs with approximately $276 billion in AUM. Microsoft is the largest holding in this ETF, representing 6.2% of SPY's portfolio.