- IBM announced on Sunday it would acquire the open source software company Red Hat for $US190 per share, for a total deal value of about $US34 billion.
- The acquisition stands to be a significant payday for Red Hat’s top executives and shareholders.
- Red Hat President Jim Whitehurst could make over $US72 million from the deal.
- Red Hat’s top insitutional shareholder, Vangaurd Group, holds Red Hat stock now valued in the deal at $US3.5 billion.
“The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman and CEO.
The deal will also be a significant payday for Red Hat’s top executives and shareholders. The deal hasn’t closed, which means that the terms could theoretically still change. However, using the $US190 per share price as a guideline, some simple napkin maths shows us who could walk away from the deal richer.
Jim Whitehurst, who’s served as President of Red Hat since 2008, holds stock valued at $US72,590,830based on the 382,057 shares in the company he held as of a June 2018 SEC filing.
Paul Cormier, Red Hat’s executive VP of engineering, is in second place, with stock holdings valued in the deal at $US34 million. Cormier is followed by Arun Oberoi, EVP of global sales and services, at $US23 million, director William Kaiser at $US13 million, and general counsel Michael Cunningham at just over $US10 million.
Red Hat’s top institutional shareholder is Vanguard Group, which could cash out at $US3,534,165,110 on the deal from its 18,600,869 Red Hat shares. In second place is T. Rowe Price Associates at $US3.4 billion, followed by FMR LLC at $US3.1 billion, Blackrock at $US2.3 billion, and Jennison Associates at $US1.5 billion.
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