Skype Founders Trying to Buy It Back

The “New York Times” reports that the Scandinavian founders of Skype are trying to buy back the popular Internet telephone service.

Sweden’s Niklar Zennström and Janus Friis of Denmark sold Skype to Ebay in 2005 for 2.6 billion dollars.

Since the sale the number of registered users has leaped from 53 million to 405 billion. But observers say it doesn’t really fit in with Ebay’s online auction services, and Skype earns relatively little as most of its calls over the Internet are free to users.

According to the Times, Ebay would be looking for at least 1.7 billion dollars for Skype. The newspaper says that Zennström and Friis are trying to raise one billion dollars from private equity companies in order to buy back their creation.

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