Google to pay $3.5 million bonus to Nikesh Arora

Google Inc will pay finance chief Patrick Pichette a $3 million annual bonus, and chief business officer Nikesh Arora a $3.5 million bonus, a slight increase from the previous year, following a year in which the internet company’s stock surged nearly 60%.

Google chief executive Larry Page and co-founder Sergey Brin will receive no bonus, the company said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), continuing the founders’ practice of not taking a bonus. Page and Brin, who are each paid a $1 a year in salary, have a large portion of their personal wealth tied directly to Google’s stock.

Google’s shares shot up 58% in 2013, breaking the $1,000 mark for the first time and outpacing the Nasdaq’s 38% gain for the year.

Google chief legal officer and head of corporate development David Drummond will receive a $3 million bonus, Google said. Drummond’s bonus last year was $3.3 million.

Pichette and Arora each collected bonuses of $2.8 million last year.

In February, Google said it would pay executive chairman Eric Schmidt a $6 million discretionary cash bonus and awarded him $100 million in restricted stock units.

Shares of Google finished Monday’s regular session down 0.3%, or $3.22, at $1,211.57.

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