Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin intend to flog some 10 million of the shares they own in the company, in order, perhaps, to buy a small middle-eastern country.
The pair have come up with a cunning five-year to sell the shares each, trousering some $2.75 billion each at today's prices.
The sale of stock sale will mean the pair will lose majority control of the company, reducing their voting privileges from 59% to 48%.
"They are both as committed as ever to Google," a spokeswoman insisted in a email.
If the pair are casting round for buyers, the Chinese government is likely to be interested.