Shifting from Google's CEO to executive chairman proved to be lucrative career move for Eric
Google Inc. awarded Schmidt a compensation package valued at $101 million last year,
according to a Friday regulatory filing. The amount is 322 times higher than the $313,219
package that Schmidt received in 2010 during his final full year as the Internet search
leader's CEO.Schmidt, 56, ended a decade-long stint as Google's CEO last April
and turned over the job to Google co-founder Larry Page.
Shortly before the change in command, Google gave Schmidt stock and stock options valued
at nearly $94 million, according to the company's proxy statement. Google had designed the
stock and stock option package to be worth $100 million, but the compensation formula
spelled out by securities regulators arrived at a slightly different calculation.
To top it off, Google raised Schmidt's salary from $1 annually as CEO to $1.25 million as
executive chairman. His 2011 salary ended up being $937,500 because he spent the first
three months of the year in the lower-paying job as CEO.
The rest of Schmidt's 2011 compensation consisted of a $6 million bonus and perks worth
nearly $264,000. Schmidt deposited half of his bonus last year in a company plan that can
defer payment for up to five years.
Page's compensation package totaled $1 last year, consisting solely of a nominal salary. He
has maintained a $1 salary since 2005, although in some years he has accepted the Google's
companywide holiday bonus. That's what happened in 2010 when Page's pay package totaled
Weekly paychecks, annual bonuses and stock options haven't been essential to Schmidt or
Page since Google's initial public offering of stock in August 2004. That IPO turned them, along
with Google co-founder Sergey Brin, into multibillionaires who are perennials on
Forbes' list of the world's richest people.
Forbes' latest rankings estimate Page, 39, and Brin, 38, are each worth nearly $19 billion. The
magazine pegs Schmidt's wealth at nearly $7 billion.