10 biggest insider stock sales

What executives cashed in and sold their company's stock last year? No. 1 Steve Ballmer sold $2 billion (!) of MSFT. In all, these 10 execs made over $6.5B from stock sales in 2010, according to an analysis by Equilar.

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1. Steve Ballmer, $2 billion
Steve Ballmer, $2 billion
CEO, Microsoft (MSFT)
No. of shares sold: 75 million
Price: $25.26 - $27.18
When: 10 sales over the course of November 2010
Sold for: $2.0 billion

Source: Equilar Inc.



NEXT: Larry Ellison, $1.4 billion
Last updated April 06 2011: 3:08 PM ET
Source: Equilar Inc., an executive compensation research firm in Redwood City, Calif.

Methodology: Equilar looked at more than 7,000 officers and directors of public companies who sold stock in 2010, according to Form 4 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. "Sold for" amounts represent the total value of stock sold, minus any amount spent to acquire the shares (e.g. exercising options), from January 1 to December 31, 2010. Some sales made under prearranged 10b5-1 trading plans.

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