Google leaders stick with $1 salary

google_larry_page_sergey_brin.03According to the search engine"s latest proxy filing, Eric Schmidt, Larry Page and Sergey Brin each turned down a raise.

By Paul R. La Monica, senior writer

NEW YORK ( – Google"s co-founders and chief executive officer were offered a raise this year by the company"s compensation committee, but the three turned it down and are sticking with their current annual salary of $1.

The search engine company made the disclosure in its proxy statement, which was filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin first requested that their salary be cut to $1 in the second quarter of 2004, just before the company"s initial public offering. Prior to that, Schmidt was making $250,000 a year while Page and Brin each earned a salary of $150,000.

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