Major Zynga shareholders: Pincus, KPCB and more

Ronny Kerr · July 1, 2011 · Short URL:

Collectively, these nine elite stakeholders own 73.2 percent of Zynga's stock

Social gaming monster Zynga just filed for its IPO, and the numbers look better than what we've seen from pretty much every other company going public this year.

Here we've listed all the company's affiliates with at least a five percent stake in the company.

Mark Pincus, CEO and founder of Zynga, owns 91.3 million shares of Class B stock, or 16.0 percent of the total. In addition, Pincus claims 100 percent of the company's 20.5 million Class C shares, described as "founder's stock."

Pincus' base 2010 salary was $300,000.


Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), which also owns some stock in Facebook, claims 64.2 million shares, or 11.0 percent.





William "Bing" Gordon, who leads KPCB's $250 million sFund (social fund), owns 61.2 million shares, for 10.5 percent of the company.





Brad Feld, managing director at Foundry Group (another member of this list), owns 34.6 million shares, 6.1 percent of the company.




Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) owns 34.3 million shares, or 6.1 percent of the company.


New York venture capital firm Union Square Ventures has 30.7 million shares, or 5.5 percent of the company.





Boulder-based Foundry Group claims 34.6 million shares, or 6.1 percent of the company.


Avalon Ventures owns the exact same portion as Foundry Group.

The last group with over five percent stake, DST can claim 32.8 million shares, or 5.8 percent of the company.


Collectively, the above is an elite group of stakeholders that owns 73.2 percent of Zynga's stock.

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Zynga is the largest social gaming company with 8.5 million daily users and 45 million monthly users.  Zynga’s games are available on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, Friendster, Yahoo! and the iPhone, and include Texas Hold’Em Poker, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Vampires, Street Racing, Scramble and Word Twist.  The company is funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, IVP, Union Square Ventures, Foundry Group, Avalon Ventures, Pilot Group, Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel.  Zynga is headquartered at the Chip Factory in San Francisco.  For more information, please visit