Windows Chief Sinofsky Has More Shares Than Any Employee Except Ballmer

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Microsoft filed its annual proxy today, and there’s a new name on the list of big employee shareholders: Windows chief Steven Sinofsky.He now owns more than 1.1 million shares (including options that vest in the next 60 days). At today’s closing price, those shares are worth $27 million.

He’s Microsoft’s top employee shareholder behind Steve Ballmer, who owns 333 million shares, or about 4% of the company, worth around $8 billion.

Last year at this time, he was not one of Microsoft’s top three highest paid execs (other than Ballmer and its CFOs), so he didn’t make the list. (Former Xbox and mobile head Robbie Bach and former Office head Stephen Elop, both gone now, earned higher salaries.)

According to his insider trading filings, he had about 700,000 shares last September, and only about 800,000 as of Sept. 21, 2011.

This is well and good — Sinofsky is no question Microsoft’s most important product executive right now, leading the development of Windows 8, which includes Microsoft’s next-generation tablet OS, the company’s answer to the iPad.

Also disclosed in the filing: Microsoft’s non-employee board members all got 25% raise to $250,000 a year (with additional compensation for serving on committees).

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