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Report: Zynga Alters Stock Structure To Give CEO More Voting Power
Report: Zynga Alters Stock Structure To Give CEO More Voting Power
August 26, 2011 | By Mike Rose

Social games giant Zynga is changing its stock structure around to give CEO Mark Pincus 70 times more voting power than any other shareholder in the initial public offering.

Zynga's board of directors approved a new three-tier approach for the stock structure, increasing Pincus' shares to 70 votes, up from his original 10, according to documents acquired by financial website Bloomberg.

In comparison, pre-IPO investors will get seven votes for each share, up from the original single vote they were originally allowed. All other public investors will still receive the standard one vote per share.

Lise Buyer, a principal at IPO advisory firm Class V Group, told Bloomberg that the move by Zynga may be in aid of keeping too large a share of the voting power from shareholding staff members.

"Zynga has invented something new," she said, noting that having three tiers of stock is "unprecedented" for the average technology company.

Zynga filed an S-1 with the SEC indicating its desire to issue an initial public stock offering "as soon as is practicable" back in July, with the company estimating aggregate initial sales of $1 billion in class A common stock.

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Aaron San Filippo
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Minor note, but 10 * 70 is 700 :)

Mike Rose
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Hey Aaron,

the 10 figure actually refers to the voting power which Pincus originally had. As mentioned lower in the article: "All other public investors will still receive the standard one vote per share." Hence, each of Pincus' shares are worth 70 times more voting power than each of the standard shares :)


Jeffrey Crenshaw
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Does that mean they cost him 70 times as much? I'm confused, why didn't he just buy (or set aside, since I guess he already owns them) seventy times as many shares?


Is this legal? What value does a share have if those already in power can just decide theirs are more valuable than yours?? I assume this sort of thing can't happen after the IPO?

Leo Gura
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Wallstreet is a legalized pyramid scheme. Pump and dump.

Martain Chandler
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July 4th, 2015.