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Google $150M 'Golden Handcuffs' Payment to Two Key Employees?

According to recent rumours, Google has paid a significantly high amount to retain two of its top employees in an ongoing hiring war between Google and other tech giants, in particular Twitter.

According to the website TechCrunch (opens in new tab), multiple unnamed sources have confirmed Google is paying as much as $150 million in stock to retain two employees, Sundar Pichai and Neal Mohan.

The report suggests, that both Pichai, who received $50 million, and Mohan, who received $100 million, were offered the role of Product Developement Leader at Twitter, but both of them refused.

Referring to more unnamed sources, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch further revealed the possibility of Google having “moles” inside Twitter, which enabled them to find out about the offers made to the mentioned employees, and then make a quick counter-offer to both of them.

Since the news broke, Google employees are being jokingly advised to court other tech giants like Twitter, Facebook and Yahoo, in an attempt to earn themselves a hefty fortune, as in the cases of Pichai and Mohan.

However, there are also those who are showing concern that there could be a high chance of this strategy backfiring on Google, should all the top level employees become aware of it and demand a sweeter salary package by threatening to move on. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.