4. eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) lands in fourth with 16 billionaire investors, who have just under $6.74 billion invested in the online auction and retail giant. Icahn is again a prominent investor and activist, with his 46.27 million share stake accounting for over one-third of the entire monetary value of the billionaire’s investments. Icahn was instrumental in the eventual announcement that eBay would spinoff its PayPal division, which sent shares up nearly 8% after the announcement. Barry Rosenstein and Larry Robbins are two of the other large billionaire investors in eBay.
5. Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU) is probably the most interesting stock to make the list, as it doesn’t fall into a neat category that most of the others do. The Chinese search engine giant is one of the most trafficked sites in the world, and yet relatively unheralded in the west, even among investors, despite its meteroic rise of just under 100% over the past two years. Yet billionaires are clearing taking notice, with 16 of them invested in the stock, though it may be too late for the layman to get on board with the stock now trading above $200, though it has fallen substantially in the past three months (down over 15%). Stephen Mandel and Philippe Laffont are the billionaires we track with the largest investments in Baidu.
6. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA), that other Chinese internet giant, lands just behind its compatriot. Alibaba had one less investor than Baidu, though it did have $600 million of additional investments from those billionaires who did invest in it. Alibaba was the talk of the investing world after its record-breaking IPO, but has had a far less glamorous 2015, with missed earnings reports, a stinging Chinese government report over illegal activity taking place on its commerce site, and a stock that has lost over 16.5% of its value. Dan Loeb, Rob Citrone, and Tiger Global Management’s Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan, are a few of Alibaba’s billionaire investors.
7. Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC) was another company with a notable merger in 2014, as it was purchased by Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) for $45 billion. That deal still requires regulatory approval however, which investors seem to be extremely unsure of, which is why shares of Time Warner are still well beneath the value of Comcast’s stock offer, which values Time Warner’s shares at over $166 currently. Time Warner is currently trading nearly $20 beneath that level. Are billionaires confident it will receive approval? A few of the ones with large stakes in Time Warner are Daniel S. Och, David Einhorn, and Mario Gabelli.