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Google boss Sundar Pichai to receive $380m pay day this week

One of the largest single payouts to a public company executive in recent years

Anders Melin
Monday 23 April 2018 18:23 BST
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Mr Pichai, 45, who has led Alphabet’s Google since 2015, received the shares before his promotion to senior vice president of products a year earlier,
Mr Pichai, 45, who has led Alphabet’s Google since 2015, received the shares before his promotion to senior vice president of products a year earlier, (AP)

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is about to have a very big week. On Wednesday, an award of 353,939 restricted shares he received before a promotion in 2014 will vest.

At the end of last week, the grant was worth about $380m (£272m), making it one of the largest single payouts to a public company executive in recent years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Mr Pichai, 45, who has led Alphabet’s Google ince 2015, received the shares before his promotion to senior vice president of products a year earlier, when he took over many of co-founder Larry Page’s responsibilities.

The award swelled in value as Alphabet’s stock surged 90 per cent since the grant date, compared with a 39 per cent advance of the S&P 500. He has received two more nine-figure stock grants since then. The company has yet to disclose Pichai’s compensation for 2017.

Winnie King, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View, California-based company, declined to comment.

In 2016, chief executives of S&P 500 companies realized an average of $16.2m from shares that vested or exercising stock options, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Other tech executives have received hefty payouts in the past. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg reaped $2.28bn when he exercised 60 million options as part of the company’s initial public offering in August 2012. Months later, restricted shares worth $822m held by his deputy Sheryl Sandberg fully vested.

In 2016, Tesla’s Elon Musk collected $1.34bn after exercising 6.71 million options that were close to expiring, in part to cover a $593m tax bill. That same year, Monster Beverage’s two top executives took in a combined $598m thanks to the stock rising an average of 30 per cent a year for a decade.

Bloomberg

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