SoftBank president Nikesh Arora receives pay package of $73 million

Nikesh Arora’s compensation includes 1.56 billion yen paid by other Softbank units


Arora was paid 16.6 billion yen in the previous fiscal year, after he joined the company from Google Inc., setting a record for compensation in Japan. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Arora was paid 16.6 billion yen in the previous fiscal year, after he joined the company from Google Inc., setting a record for compensation in Japan. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Tokyo: SoftBank Group Corp.’s Nikesh Arora was paid ¥8.04 billion ($73 million) for the company’s latest fiscal year, keeping him among the top ranks of salaries for executives in the world.

Arora’s compensation includes ¥1.56 billion paid by other Softbank units, according to a proxy issued by the mobile and Internet company on Thursday.

Arora was paid ¥16.6 billion in the previous fiscal year, after he joined the company from Google Inc., setting a record for compensation in Japan. SoftBank said at the time that the pay package included a signing bonus. Arora held unvested Google stock options and other securities worth more than $76 million at the end of 2013, according to the last proxy statement before his departure.

Masayoshi Son, Softbank’s founder and chief executive officer, has said that Arora is the most likely candidate to succeed him. Arora plans to invest about $3 billion each year as SoftBank backs start-ups that can become the next Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the Chinese e-commerce company that pulled off the world’s largest initial public offering in 2014.

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