Activision's CEO, Robert 'Bobby' Kotick, has been running the company for over a decade now and so has had time to ensure that his contract is at the top of its game. One part of this contract is his stock option grants. Basically this means that every year he's granted the ability to purchase stocks in his company at a given price range. He can then sell these stocks back to the market at the price they are currently trading for.
So, on the August 5th this year, Bobby made the off-the-cuff statement
that if he could he'd raise the price on Activision games.
On August 12th and 13th he acquired two million shares in Activision Blizzard at $1.0315 per share. And on August 12th and 13th he sold two million shares in Activision Blizzard at around the $12.50 mark per share.
This resulted (before tax and any other expenses) in a profit of... $22,822,967.38. As you can see, this is just a bit bigger than his $14,950,102 'compensation'
for all of 2008 according to Forbes.
Before the ranting starts, of course, you could say that Kotick has taken since starting as Activision CEO in 1991 to reach this earning ability.
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