Ebay Selling Skype
Back in 2005 eBay bought Skype in front of Google and Yahoo for around 3.1 billion USD or around 16 billion DKR, At today's rates. The plan was to integrate Skype into their trading platform and thereby secure their own market position. It succeeded, however, not true and that is why Ebay for longer wanted to sell Skype, just as they have written down value of Skype for 1.7 billion USD.
We have now managed to sell 65% of Skype for a group of investment companies for 1.9 billion USD. It is therefore much better than ebay itself had estimated the company and with a remaining stake of 35% is ebay to be able to get almost all of the high payments is home again.
Skype went from having 54 million users in 2005 and by the end of 2008 they had 405 million users. It will be interesting to see if skype can develop more as an independent company than they could as a part of Ebay.