The number of times a video has been shared via the "Share" button.
What is a share in YouTube?
A share in YouTube refers to the action of distributing a YouTube video or playlist to other platforms or individuals. This can be done through various means such as embedding the video on a website, posting the link on social media platforms, or sending it directly to someone via email or messaging apps. When you share a YouTube video, you're essentially promoting it to potentially increase its visibility and reach.
However, if you're referring to a financial share, it's important to note that YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc. Therefore, you cannot directly own a share in YouTube, but you can own a share in Alphabet Inc., thus indirectly having a stake in YouTube. Owning a share in Alphabet Inc. means you own a part of the company and are entitled to a portion of the company's profits.
How much is a share in YouTube worth?
As of now, it's impossible to buy a share directly in YouTube. YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., a publicly traded company. Therefore, if you want to invest in YouTube, you would have to buy shares in Alphabet Inc. The value of Alphabet's shares fluctuates based on market conditions. As of October 2021, a single share of Alphabet Inc. is worth over $2,700. However, this does not represent the value of YouTube alone as Alphabet Inc. also owns other businesses such as Google Search, Google Ads, Google Cloud, and more.
The exact value of YouTube as a standalone business is not publicly disclosed. Alphabet, the parent company, does not break down the individual earnings or valuation of its subsidiaries. However, analysts have made estimates based on YouTube's advertising revenue and user base. For instance, in 2020, an analyst from Morgan Stanley estimated YouTube's worth to be around $170 billion. But again, these are just estimates and the actual value could be different.
Can you buy shares in YouTube?
No, you cannot directly buy shares in YouTube. YouTube is a subsidiary of Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., a publicly traded company. Therefore, if you want to invest in YouTube, you would need to buy shares in Alphabet Inc. When you invest in Alphabet, you're also investing in all of its businesses, including Google, YouTube, Android, and Google Cloud. It's important to note that the performance of YouTube is only one factor that can influence Alphabet's stock price. Other factors include the performance of Alphabet's other businesses, overall market conditions, and the company's financial health.
Who owns the majority of shares in YouTube?
YouTube is owned by Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc. Google acquired the video-sharing platform in November 2006 for approximately $1.65 billion in stock. Therefore, the majority of shares in YouTube are owned by Alphabet Inc. shareholders. The largest shareholders of Alphabet Inc. are institutional investors like Vanguard Group, BlackRock, and others. However, it's important to note that YouTube operates as one of Google's subsidiaries, so it doesn't have its own separate stock or shareholders.