Coinbase CEO cashes out $290M on stock's opening day

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Coinbase Global Inc. Chief Executive Brian Armstrong sold almost $290 million worth of company shares following last week’s stock-market debut. 

Armstrong on April 14, the day Coinbase went public, sold a total of 749,999 shares in three separate blocks, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The sales were done between the prices of $381 and $410.40 per share. 

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The filing suggests Armstrong, who prior to the sales owned almost 40 million shares, or 20% of the company, unloaded about 1.5% of his stake.

Additionally, early investors including venture capitalists Fred Wilson and Marc Andreessen also used the direct listing as an opportunity to reduce their stakes in the company.

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Both Wilson and his firm Union Square Ventures sold 4.7 million shares for proceeds of $1.82 billion, filings showed. Andreessen and other related firms, meanwhile, sold a total of 1.18 million shares worth $449.2 million., various filings showed. 

Coinbase shares opened for trading at $381 apiece and climbed as high as $429.54 before settling at $328.28. The Nasdaq set a reference price of $250. 

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At $381 per share, Coinbase was valued at around $100 billion, meaning Armstrong, who at the time owned 20% of the company, was worth about $20 billion.   

Coinbase shares closed at $342 apiece on Friday, 10% below where they opened for trading. 

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