Can you guess how much Google CEO Sundar Pichai took home in 2015

Pichai, 43, was named chief executive officer of the Internet titan in 2015


News Desk March 31, 2016
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Indian-born Google CEO received $100.5 million in total compensation for 2015, a company filing revealed on Tuesday.

Sundar Pichai, who rose through the ranks to become the CEO of Google last year, has a baseline salary of $652,500. However, the vast majority of that pay package, $99.82 million, will vest fully in 2017.

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According to data released by Economic Policy Institute last year, the average compensation for CEOs of the 350 largest firms in the US in 2014 was $16.3 million.

Google has awarded more than $600 million in stock options to Pichai that vest at various intervals over the coming years, according to data crunched by Bloomberg.

Pichai, a longtime Google executive who previously ran the Chrome and Android businesses, has been described by colleagues as "the better day-to-day CEO" compared to his predecessor and Google cofounder Larry Page.

In response to a question about his previously reported lavish stock options, Pichai told BuzzFeed, “I’m very fortunate. I take that as an opportunity to figure out thoughtfully how I give back to the world.”

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Pichai, 43, was named chief executive officer of the Internet titan in 2015, as Google unveiled a new corporate structure creating an umbrella company dubbed Alphabet. He will oversee the biggest company under that umbrella, which will still be called Google and will continue to include some of its household products, including its search engine, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and the Android system.

Alphabet will be run by Google chief Larry Page, who showered praise upon Pichai, senior vice president of products. “I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations,” according to Page in a blog post.

Page said he was impressed with his “progress and dedication to the company” and promised to continue to groom Pichai, who has been at Google since 2004. “I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that.”

This article originally appeared on Mashable.

COMMENTS (9)

Shahdab | 5 years ago | Reply Where is he going to take all that money?
abc | 5 years ago | Reply 1)34% employees at Microsoft, 28% at IBM, 17% at Intel and 13% at Xerox are Indians. 2)20% of gold in the world is used by Indians and nine out of 10 diamonds used in the world are made in India.
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