Revealed: Here's how much Google's top boss Sundar Pichai gets paid

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Sundar Pichai took over at Google at the end of summer 2015 (Source: Getty)

Newly minted Google boss Sundar Pichai can clock the past year up as a rather successful one career-wise.

Not only did he become the boss of one of the world's biggest tech companies, he landed almost $300m (£200m) in stock and pay in the past year to go along with that impressive promotion.

He was handed $99.8m in equity which will vest in 2017 after being promoted to the role of Google's top boss following the creation of the holding company Alphabet, under which Google sits, in August.

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He also took home a more modest salary of $652,500 but in February landed $199m worth of stock under Alphabet's biennial stock award, which will vest over the next four years.

He is the highest paid tech executive who is not a founder, and the pay reflected the view of Alphabet's compensation committee, that he is "critical to Google’s success" the company said.

In its annual report filing, Alphabet said it believes "this level of compensation is representative of his value and the opportunities available to him outside of Alphabet."

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It brings his total holdings in Alphabet of unvested restricted shares to $635m.

New finance chief Ruth Porat who joined last year from Morgan Stanley landed $25m in stock upon being hired and was handed a $5m bonus in addition to her $395,000 salary. She was also given $25m in stock under the biennial stock award scheme, which will vest over four years.

The pay of Google's top bosses, as revealed in its annual report today, was in stark contrast to that of Google's British boss, Matt Brittin, who infamously admitted he doesn't know how much he's paid after facing a grilling from MPs on the public accounts committee last month.

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