Sundar Pichai new CEO 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. Sundar 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.
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.