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Alphabet's five top-paid executives together raked in $93M in pay and perks last year

As Google’s parent company Alphabet prepares to undertake cost-cutting measures, the company’s lavish compensation packages for top execs are under new scrutiny.

Alphabet on Tuesday reported that revenue growth has decelerated to its slowest pace in two years — but the company’s shares posted their best day of the year on Wednesday as executives vowed to cut costs. 

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and other top executives offered assurance on an earnings call that the company intended rein in spending in the months ahead – a commitment likely to bolster profits even if revenue growth continues to falter.

‘Personally, I find moments like this clarifying,’ Pichai explained during the call. ‘It gives us a chance to look at everything we do through a critical lens.’

As well, Google last week reportedly issued a two-week hiring freeze, after saying it would slow down hiring for the remainder of the year amid economic uncertainty. 

However, it’s unclear whether the cutbacks will impact the lavish pay packages of Google’s five top executives, who raked in a combined $93 million last year, regulatory disclosures show.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and other top executives offered assurance on an earnings call Tuesday that the company intended to cut costs amid decelerating revenue growth

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and other top executives offered assurance on an earnings call Tuesday that the company intended to cut costs amid decelerating revenue growth

Alphabet has said in filings that it uses comparisons with peer companies and comparable opportunities to set executive pay levels at a competitive level.

‘We also assess executives based on their individual performance and overall company performance. Management uses this information to develop compensation recommendations for our named executive officers,’ the company said. 

Though Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are among the world’s richest individuals, with fortunes of roughly $100 billion each, they are no longer involved in the company’s daily business.

Page and Brin draw annual salaries of just $1 apiece for their roles on the Alphabet board of directors. 

Here are Alphabet’s top executives, and their compensation packages last year: 

Sundar Pichai: Chief Executive Officer, Alphabet and Google, and Director

Though Pichai runs Alphabet, he was not the company’s highest-paid executive last year, when his compensation totaled a modest $6,322,599.

That included a base salary of $2 million, and company-provided personal security valued at $4.3 million for the year.

Alphabet did not grant Pichai any new stock awards in the past two years — but his incentive stock plan granted in 2019 was valued at a whopping $276.6 million in the company’s latest proxy filing. 

Pichai, 50, is married to Anjali Pichai, an Indian-born chemical engineer who is a manager at Intuit. The couple have two children. 

Pichai, 50, is married to Anjali Pichai, with him left in 2016 at NASA's Ames Research Center. Also pictured are Google executive Philipp Schindler and Wendi Deng Murdoch

Pichai, 50, is married to Anjali Pichai, with him left in 2016 at NASA's Ames Research Center. Also pictured are Google executive Philipp Schindler and Wendi Deng Murdoch

Pichai, 50, is married to Anjali Pichai, with him left in 2016 at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Also pictured are Google executive Philipp Schindler and Wendi Deng Murdoch

In 2017, soccer fan Pichai visited the La Liga team FC Barcelona in Spain, saying that the trip fulfilled a 'life-long dream'

In 2017, soccer fan Pichai visited the La Liga team FC Barcelona in Spain, saying that the trip fulfilled a 'life-long dream'

In 2017, soccer fan Pichai visited the La Liga team FC Barcelona in Spain, saying that the trip fulfilled a ‘life-long dream’

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai attend a friend's wedding in 2019

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai attend a friend's wedding in 2019

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai attend a friend’s wedding in 2019

He used his wealth to purchase a prime oversized lot in Los Altos Hills for $6 million in 2014, and built an expansive 9,716 square-foot, two-story mansion with a 3,651 square foot basement and an attached 840-square-foot three-car garage.

Planning documents show the manse features a swimming pool, spa, reflecting pond, elevator, gym, two laundry rooms, wine cellar and nanny’s quarters. 

He is an avid fan of cricket, revealing in 2019 that he was rooting for India in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

In 2017, he visited the La Liga soccer team FC Barcelona in Spain, saying that the trip fulfilled a ‘life-long dream’.

Pichai is also said to be a major fan of the sitcom Friends. He is a vegetarian and drives a Tesla, he has said in an interview with podcaster Amol Rajan.

His charity giving includes a $1 million donation to provide cash assistance to struggling families in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pichai used his wealth to purchase a prime oversized lot in Los Altos Hills for $6 million in 2014, and built an expansive 9,716 square-foot, two-story mansion (center)

Pichai used his wealth to purchase a prime oversized lot in Los Altos Hills for $6 million in 2014, and built an expansive 9,716 square-foot, two-story mansion (center)

Pichai used his wealth to purchase a prime oversized lot in Los Altos Hills for $6 million in 2014, and built an expansive 9,716 square-foot, two-story mansion (center)

Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai arrive for the 8th annual Breakthrough Prize awards ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California in 2019

Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai arrive for the 8th annual Breakthrough Prize awards ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California in 2019

Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai arrive for the 8th annual Breakthrough Prize awards ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California in 2019

Pichai, a big fan of cricket, plays the sport with villagers in Gokulpur village, some 140 kms west of Kolkata on January 5, 2017

Pichai, a big fan of cricket, plays the sport with villagers in Gokulpur village, some 140 kms west of Kolkata on January 5, 2017

Pichai, a big fan of cricket, plays the sport with villagers in Gokulpur village, some 140 kms west of Kolkata on January 5, 2017

Pichai was born to a middle class family in Madurai, India, and holds advanced degrees from Stanford University and the Wharton School.

After stints at Applied Materials and McKinsey & Company, he first joined Google in 2004, and steadily climbed the ranks. 

He took over as Google CEO from co-founder Larry Page in 2015, and later took control of Alphabet upon the formation of the parent company. 

As a manager, he has a reputation as a calm and even-keeled leader who is not afraid to delegate — though some employees have griped that he takes too long to make decisions.

Ruth M. Porat: Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet and Google

As the top executive on the financial side of Alphabet, Porat is one of the most powerful women in tech, and her compensation reflects it.

Last year, Porat drew a base salary of $650,000, and her stock awards and other compensation brought her total package to $14,662,476.

Porat, 64, was born in Cheshire County, England, but moved at an early age to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her father was a research fellow in physics at Harvard University.

Google exec Ruth Porat (left) and Governor Kathy Hochul attend the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 24, 2022 in New York City

Google exec Ruth Porat (left) and Governor Kathy Hochul attend the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 24, 2022 in New York City

Google exec Ruth Porat (left) and Governor Kathy Hochul attend the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 24, 2022 in New York City

Ruth Porat pictured with former Morgan Stanley colleagues Charles Phillips and Mary Meeker

Ruth Porat pictured with former Morgan Stanley colleagues Charles Phillips and Mary Meeker

Ruth Porat pictured with former Morgan Stanley colleagues Charles Phillips and Mary Meeker

She is married to Anthony Paduano, a partner in the law firm Paduano & Weintraub, and the couple have three children. 

Porat was twice diagnosed breast cancer, in 2001 and 2004, and credits early detection and ‘extraordinary care’ for her survival.

In 2015, Porat paid $30 million for a historic home in Palo Alto, a record price for the city. 

The 83-year-old home was originally designed for Levi Strauss heir and philanthropist Lucie Stern, according to preservation group Palo Alto Stanford Heritage.

Porat graduated from Stanford University and went on to earn advanced degrees from the London School of Economics and the Wharton School.

She spent most of her career as a banker with Morgan Stanley, where she is credited with putting together financing that saved Amazon from collapse during the Dot Com crash of 1999. 

In 2015, Porat paid $30 million for a historic home in Palo Alto, a record price for the city

In 2015, Porat paid $30 million for a historic home in Palo Alto, a record price for the city

In 2015, Porat paid $30 million for a historic home in Palo Alto, a record price for the city

The 83-year-old home was originally designed for Levi Strauss heir and philanthropist Lucie Stern

The 83-year-old home was originally designed for Levi Strauss heir and philanthropist Lucie Stern

The 83-year-old home was originally designed for Levi Strauss heir and philanthropist Lucie Stern

She was also part of a team advising the US Treasury during the 2008 financial crisis, and was briefly portrayed in the movie Too Big to Fail, portrayed by Jennifer Van Dyck. 

Porat declined a nomination as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury during the Obama administration.

She joined Google as CFO in 2015 in a deal that was reportedly worth more than $70 million. 

Prabhakar Raghavan: Senior Vice President, Knowledge and Information, Google

Raghavan is a renowned computer scientist and oversees key Google products including Google Search, Assistant, Geo, Ads, Commerce and Payments. 

Last year, his compensation totaled $28,648,009, making him Alphabet’s second-highest paid executive named in regulatory filings for the year.

His pay package included the $650,000 base salary for all top execs, plus $27.9 million in stock awards. 

Raghavan is a renowned computer scientist and oversees key Google products including Google Search, Assistant, Geo, Ads, Commerce and Payments

Raghavan is a renowned computer scientist and oversees key Google products including Google Search, Assistant, Geo, Ads, Commerce and Payments

Raghavan is a renowned computer scientist and oversees key Google products including Google Search, Assistant, Geo, Ads, Commerce and Payments

Raghavan is a world-class computer scientist and author of definitive academic texts in fields including algorithms, information retrieval, and network mapping

Raghavan is a world-class computer scientist and author of definitive academic texts in fields including algorithms, information retrieval, and network mapping

Raghavan is a world-class computer scientist and author of definitive academic texts in fields including algorithms, information retrieval, and network mapping

Raghavan, 61, is unmarried. Little is known of his personal life. 

He was born in India and grew up in Chennai, where his mother taught math and physics. He holds a a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.  

Raghavan is a world-class computer scientist and author of definitive academic texts in fields including algorithms, information retrieval, and network mapping. 

Prior to joining Google, Raghavan founded and led Yahoo! Labs where he was responsible for search and ad ranking, and later served as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, according to his company bio. 

He also served as CTO at Verity, and held various positions at IBM over the course of 14 with a focus on algorithms, data mining and machine learning. 

Philipp Schindler: Senior Vice President, Chief Business Officer, Google

As chief business officer, Schindler oversees global sales for Google and its subsidiaries.

Last year, Schindler was Alphabet’s highest paid executive, earning a total of $28,661,983 in cash and stock awards.

That package included $15,434 for personal use of aircraft chartered by the company, regulatory filings show. 

Google Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler hits his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament in 2016

Google Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler hits his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament in 2016

Google Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler hits his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament in 2016

Phillip Schindler and wife Andrea Schindler attend the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on November 03, 2019 in Mountain View, California

Phillip Schindler and wife Andrea Schindler attend the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on November 03, 2019 in Mountain View, California

Phillip Schindler and wife Andrea Schindler attend the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on November 03, 2019 in Mountain View, California

Schindler, 51, is married to Andrea Schindler and has three children. They live in Menlo Park, California.

A 2016 profile of Schindler in Fortune called him ‘the (smiling) public face’ of Google’s massive global advertising business.

Colleagues and business partners describe him as ‘goofy,’ ‘optimistic’ and filled with ‘boyish wonder,’ according to the profile. 

Schindler grew up in Dusseldorf, Germany and holds a degree from Germany’s European Business School.

As a boy, he was obsessed with computers and owned a Commodore 64, using it to write his own software programs.

But instead of programming, he turned to the business side of technology, working in sales and marketing for AOL and CompuServe before being recruited to Google in 2005.

Colleagues and business partners describe Schindler as 'goofy,' 'optimistic' and filled with 'boyish wonder.' He is seen above in 2018 with wife Andrea

Colleagues and business partners describe Schindler as 'goofy,' 'optimistic' and filled with 'boyish wonder.' He is seen above in 2018 with wife Andrea

Colleagues and business partners describe Schindler as ‘goofy,’ ‘optimistic’ and filled with ‘boyish wonder.’ He is seen above in 2018 with wife Andrea

After rising through the ranks to become president of European sales for Google in 2009, he was promoted to VP of global sales three years later. 

He took on his current title during Google’s executive reorganization in 2015.

Kent Walker: President, Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Alphabet and Google

Walker is Alphabet’s top legal eagle, and also oversees the company’s governmental relations around the world, content policies, and philanthropic efforts.

In 2021 his total compensation package was $14,657,762, the vast majority consisting of stock awards. 

Walker, 61, is married to former journalist Diana Walsh and lives in Palo Alto, where he grew up. They have three adult children.

Friends describe Walker as an ‘unabashed square’ who once turned down front-row tickets to see U2 because he wanted to catch up on his studies at Stanford Law School, according to a Wall Street Journal profile. 

Kent Walker is Alphabet's top legal eagle, and also oversees the company's governmental relations around the world, content policies, and philanthropic efforts

Kent Walker is Alphabet's top legal eagle, and also oversees the company's governmental relations around the world, content policies, and philanthropic efforts

Kent Walker is Alphabet’s top legal eagle, and also oversees the company’s governmental relations around the world, content policies, and philanthropic efforts

He is reportedly a major Shakespeare enthusiast, and makes a pilgrimage to the Oregon Shakespeare festival every year around Labor Day.

Walker is known around Google as relatively formal and at times tightly wound, and is frequently the only person in meetings wearing khaki pants.

He once ran the Boston Marathon, and is said to be highly competitive with an occasional temper.

Walker once caught flack from Google’s internal auditors when he sent profane messages to other members of the company’s ultimate frisbee team, according to the Journal.

‘Where the f*** are my cones?’ he reportedly demanded to know, after the equipment disappeared from his office.

Walker is known around Google as relatively formal and at times tightly wound, and is frequently be the only person in meetings wearing khaki pants

Walker is known around Google as relatively formal and at times tightly wound, and is frequently be the only person in meetings wearing khaki pants

Walker is known around Google as relatively formal and at times tightly wound, and is frequently be the only person in meetings wearing khaki pants

Born in Taipei to a Navy family, he moved to San Francisco at age one and later to Palo Alto — making him the rare tech executive who is a native of Silicon Valley. 

In addition to his law degree from Stanford, he graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s.

Out of law school, he worked as an assistant prosecutor in the US Department of Justice, where he worked alongside Merrick Garland, now the Attorney General.

Walker served in high-level legal positions at tech firms including Netscape and Ebay before joining Google in 2006.

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