Eidos pays Lara Croft's creator pounds 3.9m bonus
Tuesday 22 June 1999
Jeremy Heath-Smith, of Eidos, the company that makes the Tomb Raider computer game, earned a total of pounds 3,926,345 - up from pounds 1,858,666 in 1997 - making him by far the company's highest-paid director.
Mr Heath-Smith is the managing director of Core Design, the company that created the Tomb Raider game and which Eidos took over in 1996.
The chief executive of Eidos, Charles Cornwall, received a pounds 600,000 bonus, taking his total package to pounds 1.12m and was also awarded 215,000 share options which are currently showing a paper profit of pounds 3m.
Eidos chief operating officer, Mike McGarvey, received share options with a paper profit of pounds 2.8m based on last night's closing share price of 1990p.
According to the Eidos annual report, published yesterday, Mr Heath-Smith's bonus "reflects the enormous contribution that company has made to the results of the group".
In the past two years, Tomb Raider has sold more than 15 million copies. The latest version, Tomb Raider 3, has sold more than four million since its launch last November.
This one game accounts for 57 per cent of Eidos group profits which last year grew from pounds 19.5m to pounds 39.2m on sales up from pounds 137m to pounds 226m.
The accounts also show that Eidos is one of 25 defendants named in a $100m lawsuit filed in Kentucky by lawyers acting on behalf of the families of three school children shot dead when a fellow pupil opened fire in December, 1997. The lawsuit claims that the incident was caused by playing violent video games and watching violent films.
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
iJobs Money & Business
£20 - 24k + Benefits: Guru Careers: This is a great opportunity for an enthusi...
£280 - £320 per day: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group have been engaged by a l...
£400 - £450 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: **URGENT CONTRACT ROLE**...
£35000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Training Coordinator / Pl...