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Option-for-stock grant move costs Jobs $371M

updated 08:30 pm EST, Wed November 24, 2004

Jobs compensation loss?

Bloomberg notes that Steve Jobs decision to trade in his "under-water" stock options for an one-time stock in unrealized profit: "Steve Jobs in January 2000 received the largest option grant in history: 20 million shares [along with a] second option [later] covering another 7.5 million shares, which was granted in October 2001. Jobs then took an offer in March 2003 to turn in all 27.5 million shares for five million free shares then worth about $75 million. As of the markets close on Nov. 22, those free shares had a value of $307 million. Had Jobs kept his 27.5 million option shares, they would have contained, again as of the close on Nov. 22, paper profits of $678 million. Bad move, Steve. Some people may perceive you as arrogant, but based on your decision, you really underestimated yourself."

by MacNN Staff




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