More or less, that’s what co-founders Sergey Brin and now CEO Larry Page did a few years back, when the company announced two different classes of shares — A and C. The A-class shares would have voting rights, while C-class shares would not.
Many Fools have criticized the plan as being very unfriendly to shareholders. At heart is the fact that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) continues to grant stock to employees, and as more and more stock is issued, Brin and Page have less and less control over the company. Currently, the two have 56.1% of Google stock voting power. By issuing C-class shares as compensation, Brin and Page are able to retain voting control of the company.
What’s a Fool to do?
To be honest, I’m really not worried about any of these risks. Short-term, advertisements could dip, but long-term, I think Google has invested in the infrastructure to make sure it maintains its leading position in the field. And when it comes to the share structure, its actually a move I’m fully behind, as I think of Page and Brin as benevolent dictators I am more than willing to cede control of the company to.
The risk I think is most important to be aware of — and most difficult to clearly understand — is that of privacy. That being said, I have absolutely no intention of selling any of my Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock.
The article 3 Reasons to Sell Google Stock originally appeared on Fool.com.
Fool contributor Brian Stoffel owns shares of Google and Baidu. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Baidu, Facebook, and Google.
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