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From millions to billions: Inside Palo Alto Networks boss Nikesh Arora's $128 mn pay cheque

Nikesh Arora
With a pay of $128 mn, Nikesh Arora, CEO of Palo Alto Networks, is one of the highest-paid US execs.
With a pay of $128 mn, Nikesh Arora, CEO of Palo Alto Networks, is one of the highest-paid US execs. Here’s what he took home at his other jobs.

CEOs world over make headlines for their high pay packages. A routine contributor to this constant flurry of CEO compensation news cycles has been high-profile business executive Nikesh Arora.

A recent study on the top paid CEOs of publicly-listed US companies put him at the third rank for 2018. A look at the money Arora has been earning:

Palo Alto Networks: $128 million
Though an eye-boggling number, it’s not a take-home figure. As per reports, the package is spread out over seven years and tied to “aggressive targets”. In fact, Arora had to buy stock worth $20 million in the company with his personal funds. It was mandated by the cyber security firm to ensure that he had “skin in the game”.

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2015 With a total compensation valued at $10.3 million, the bulk of the figure consisted of incentive-plan payments.

SoftBank: $135 million
In 2015, when Arora was named as the heir apparent to founder Masayoshi Son (that changed within a couple of years), he was handed this staggering pay packet. On the subject of his salary, Arora was quoted saying, “A lot of the math around my compensation is sensational. People don’t have the numbers right. Yes, I do get paid well. But if I wasn’t adding value, I would give it back.”

Google: $46.7 million
Arora was the fourth most-important person at Google when he quit the tech giant to join Softbank. Expectedly, his salary wasn’t meagre. In 2012, it was reported that Arora, then the chief business of ficer, had become the highest paid Google employee.
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