The former Microsoft executive is receiving a $5 million signing bonus, $1 million in salary, and $11.3 million in Zynga stock to replace the same amount of vested shares he left behind by leaving Microsoft. And that's just the beginning. He gets a grant of 1.7 million shares worth $5 million, an option to buy $7.4 million shares worth $10 million and next year he can start drawing an annual bonus valued at 200% to 400% of his regular $1 million pay check. There is a whole lot more and it all adds up to about $50 million. Ok, most of these are stock-based awards so cash isn't actually leaving the company except for salary and bonuses. Even so, Zynga is a troubled company. Draw Something 2 has not been a hit and Words with Friends is getting long in the tooth.
Don Mattrick could be the guy that turns Zynga around. He has been in video games most of his life, sticking around at EA long enough to collect $21 million in stock options. The next time your parents or your wife tells you to stop playing video games because they are a waste of time, you can throw Mattrick's contract in their faces.
source: MicrosoftNews via WMPoweruser