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OpenAI's Sam Altman May Net Over $400M in Reddit IPO Windfall

Sam Altman poised for a massive gain from Reddit's IPO, spotlighting his impactful investment journey.

Sam Altman, the founder of OpenAI, may potentially amass an income exceeding $400 million from the imminent initial public offering (IPO) of Reddit, an internet-based platform dedicated to discourse and correspondence. Nevertheless, this is only possible if Reddit achieves a market capitalization of $5 billion.

Sam Altman's Reddit Stake Valued at $435M Ahead of $5 Billion IPO

According to estimations provided by Bloomberg (via Economic Times), Altman is the third-largest shareholder of Reddit, with an 8.7% stake comprising 789,456 Class A shares and 11.4 million supervoting Class B shares. With a $5 billion IPO for Reddit, Altman's investment would be valued at $435 million.

Another matter is whether or not Altman decides to divest his shares. According to a Business Insider report, Altman initially contributed to the organization's Series B funding round in 2014. Moreover, according to the technology website Axios, he re-invested in the company's Series C round in 2017.

In addition, he served as a director on the company's board until 2022 and as CEO of the organization for a duration of slightly over a week in 2014, subsequent to the departing CEO, Yishan Wong.

"Although my eight days as Reddit's CEO have been somewhat entertaining, I am relieved that they are coming to an end. I am confident that the incoming team will perform considerably better and propel Reddit to new heights. "It is noteworthy to mention that Reddit gained a greater number of users in the brief time I was in charge than Hacker News has in its entire existence," he had written in a blog post at the time.

Reddit's IPO Filing Reveals Growth and $60M Google AI Training Deal

Reddit's IPO filing was made public on Thursday, revealing a reduction in net loss to $90.8 million and an approximate 21% increase in revenue for the year 2023.

The IPO filing will be a significant test for the platform, which is still trailing in terms of commercial success compared to social media contemporaries like Facebook and Twitter, which are now referred to as X, nearly two decades after Reddit's inception.

Reddit reported that for the three months ending December 31, 2023, it had an average of 267.5 million weekly active users and 73.1 million daily active users. According to the company, over one hundred thousand active communities utilized its platform, which accumulated one billion postings.

A Reuters report states that Reddit and Alphabet's Google have reached an agreement in which Reddit's content will be utilized to train Google's artificial intelligence models. According to the report, the contract is estimated to be worth $60 million annually.

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