Share and ownership structure


Share capital and ownership

Novo Nordisk’s total share capital of DKK 490,000,000 is divided into an A share capital of nominally DKK 107,487,200 and a B share capital of nominally DKK 382,512,800. The company’s A shares are not listed and are held by Novo Holdings A/S, a Danish public limited liability company wholly owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The Foundation has a dual objective: to provide a stable basis for the commercial and research activities conducted by the companies within the Novo Group (of which Novo Nordisk is the largest), and to support scientific and humanitarian purposes. According to the Articles of Association of the Foundation, the A shares cannot be divested.

As of 5 November 2018, Novo Holdings A/S also held a B share capital of nominally DKK 29,957,800. Novo Nordisk’s A and B shares are calculated in units of DKK 0.20. Each A share carries 200 votes and each B share carries 20 votes.



Average number of outstanding shares in 2017 (million)


Average number of shares outstanding (excluding treasury shares)


Average number of options in the money outstanding


Average outstanding numbers of shares incl. dilutive effect of outstanding joint share pool


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