Google’s Sundar Pichai becomes the highest paid CEO in the United States

Sundar Pichai Becomes The Highest Paid CEO In US, Gets Stocks Worth $199 Million In Google

Sundar Pichai was named the new CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Google in August 2015 in a significant restructuring at the search giant HQ. According to a regulatory filing by Google parent company, Alphabet Inc., Pichai has received a grant for 273,328 Class C Google stock units, worth about $199 million, which is set to make him the highest paid CEO in the United States.

However, the 273,328 shares will vest in quarterly phases through 2019 if he remains on the job, which means that he won’t be able to cash these shares all in at once.

Google may see the award as fair value for the work Pichai has done for the company over the years, as he took charge of its Android, Chrome and search business arms over the years, bringing Google nothing but success. According to Credit Suisse, the new shares put the value of Pichai’s Alphabet holdings at approximately $650 million.

Bloomberg reports that according to its data, the award is the biggest ever given to a Google executive officer. It is also Pichai’s first award since he took over as CEO in August 2015. The financial publication also notes the Alphabet filing revealed the company awarded $42.8 million in restricted stock to Diane Greene, former CEO of VMware, who is in charge of cloud business since November.

Earlier this month, Alphabet became the most valuable firm in the United States surpassing Apple, with its latest reports showing that the company broke quarterly profit forecasts on Monday, hitting consolidated revenue of $21.33 billion (£15bn) for the financial quarter ending December 31, an 18 percent increase from the $18.10 billion (£12.5bn) reported a year earlier.

Alphabet’s CFO Ruth Porat was handed shares worth $38 million which is on top of the $30 million signing bonus she received when she was poached away from Morgan Stanley last year.

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Kavita Iyer
Kavita Iyer
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  1. I don’t understand stock at all. So he has 199 million in stock. How much does he get in cash as salary? Does that come from the stock?

  2. They usually make a salary under $1 million due to their ability to write-off under SG&A. The company is then allowed to issue tax-free stock options to the CEO which should be tied to his performance. He receives the stock which ultimately waters down the value of each shareware in the company. Therefore, the exorbitant CEO compensation is actually paid by the shareholders (i.e. your everyday joe who owns that stock in the his measly 401k plan). We can blame Clinton for this.


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