MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is getting paid a lot more than he did when he was running the Internet company.
Schmidt is getting an award of $100 million in Google Inc.'s restricted stock for the second time in the three years since he relinquished the CEO job to company co-founder Larry Page.
The latest bundle of stock is coming on top of a $6 million cash bonus for Schmidt's contributions to Google Inc. last year, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. In his current job as Google's executive chairman, he deals primarily with regulatory issues, government relationships around the world and company acquisitions.
Schmidt, 58, already has amassed an estimated fortune of $8 billion, mostly through the stock that he received and bought when he became Google's CEO in 2001.
After Google went public in 2004, Schmidt consistently declined to accept a huge salary. His annual salary during his final six years as CEO was capped at $1 at his request. His annual bonus never exceeded $2,000 during that stretch, nor did he receive any stock awards.
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