Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick a billionaire after $9.3bn investment deal | Sunday Observer

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick a billionaire after $9.3bn investment deal

Jan 19: A consortium led by Japan’s Softbank is buying a chunk of the company from existing shareholders as well as new Uber shares in a $9.3bn (£6.7bn) deal.

Mr Kalanick, who stepped down as chief executive in June, is selling $1.4bn worth of stocks, it is widely reported.

While he had long been worth billions on paper, this deal cements his wealth.

Mr Kalanick was driven out of the top job by a series of scandals, but his ties with Uber remain strong.

He remains a director at the company and is offloading less than a third of his holding - meaning he still has a stake that’s currently worth about another $3bn. The consortium’s $9.3bn will buy it a new 17.5% stake in Uber.

Of that $9.3bn, about $1.3bn is a cash investment in new shares, with the rest going to existing Uber investors.

Uber called the deal a “great outcome for our shareholders, employees and customers, strengthening Uber’s governance as we double down on our technology investments and continue to bring our services to more people in more places around the world”.

Softbank, which was already an Uber investor, said it was “very pleased” with the deal and looked forward to “helping Uber become an even bigger global success”. - BBC.com

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