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OpenAI in talks to sell shares at $86-billion valuation

OpenAI in talks to sell shares at $86-billion valuation
The OpenAI logo on a laptop computer arranged in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. Microsoft Corp. is in discussions to invest as much as $10 billion in OpenAI, the creator of viral artificial intelligence bot ChatGPT, according to people familiar with its plans. Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

OpenAI is in talks to sell existing employees’ shares at an $86-billion valuation, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The artificial intelligence startup behind ChatGPT is negotiating the transaction, known as a tender offer, with potential investors, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing confidential information. The firm hasn’t finalised allocations and terms could still change, some of the people said. 

OpenAI, which counts Microsoft as a 49% owner, is led by CEO Sam Altman and president Greg Brockman. At $86-billion, it would leapfrog the likes of Stripe and Chinese online retailer Shein to become one of the world’s most valuable closely held companies, behind Elon Musk’s SpaceX and TikTok parent ByteDance. 

A representative for San Francisco-based OpenAI declined to comment. 

The company is on track to generate $1-billion of annual revenue as businesses adopt the technology, Bloomberg reported in August. 

Read More: OpenAI Nears $1 Billion of Annual Sales as ChatGPT Takes Off

Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that OpenAI was discussing a potential share sale that would value the startup at $80-billion to $90-billion.


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