Lyft's founders are set to make more than $1 billion in the company's IPO

  • Lyft‘s IPO is set to make many of its original investors very rich.
  • Executives Logan Green and John Zimmer, who hold an outsize stake in the company they founded, could hold a combined stake of more than $US1 billion at the IPO’s expected prices.

The long-awaited day is finally here: Lyft is going public.

The ride-hailing company is set to begin trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange Friday with an initial price of $US72 a share, or a total valuation of about $US21 billion.

That last-minute surge, fuelled by standing-room-only meetings on its investor roadshow, has helped push Lyft’s cofounders’ stakes to a total of more than $US1 billion, based on their disclosed holdings in company filings.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Logan Green: 684,591 class A shares and 7,689,182 class B shares worth a total of $US602.9 million at IPO prices.
  • John Zimmer: 684,591 class A shares and 5,090,527 class B shares worth a total of $US415.8 million at IPO prices.

The two founders aren’t the only ones to strike it rich with Lyft’s massive IPO, but they will keep a majority of voting power over corporate issues thanks to the stock’s dual class structure.

The controversial division between voting classes will allow Green and Zimmer to maintain “significant influence over matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of directors and significant corporate transactions, such as a merger or other sale of our company or its assets.”

That’s rubbed some industry watchers, like the Council of Institutional Investors, the wrong way. The group’s executive director wrote a letter to Lyft’s board of directors in February saying “public companies should provide all shareholders with voting rights proportional to their holdings.”

Governance structures aside, plenty of other investors set to get rich, too. As Business Insider’s Julie Bort reported from the company’s initial S-1 documents, other early investors could also see a massive windfall.

  • COO Jon McNeill, who joined the company from Tesla in 2018, holds 736,932 shares, which could be worth $US5.3 million.
  • Sean Aggarwal, best known for his roles as the vice president of finance for eBay, PayPal, and Trulia, joined Lyft’s board in 2016. His roughly 1.41 million shares could be worth about $US101 million at IPO prices.
  • The US’s largest automaker, General Motors, and the financial giant Fidelity each own nearly 19 million shares, or about 8% of the company each. At Friday’s IPO pricing, those stakes could be worth $US1.37 billion for the companies’ investors.

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