, GoddersUK wrote

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ROFLMAOCOPTERLOLS

Unless the "other investors" are planning to do that anyway they'll need a lot more than 1% and if they're planning to do it anyway I'm not sure that 1% will make a whole lot of difference.

you don't invest $1 Billion unless you have a plan. Maybe the investor has reason to believe other non Bill / non Ballmer shareholders are ready to push Ballmer out.  It is not like the current management team has shown any ability to grow the business.