How much money did Google pay to stop Sundar Pichai from joining Twitter? That battle of giants

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet. He is also included in the board of directors of Alphabet. According to the Times of India (TOI) report citing the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and TechCrunch, Google had offered a huge amount to stop Sundar Pichai from joining Twitter. This is from 2011. Twitter (now X) wanted Sundar Pichai at all costs. Google then made a strong counter offer.

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In January 2011, the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital reported that Twitter was aggressively trying to appoint Sundar Pichai as its next head of product. At that time Pichai was in charge of Chrome and Chrome OS at Google. The report quoted sources as saying that Google had then made a big counter offer to stop Pichai from joining Twitter. Google wanted to retain Pichai.

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Offer of about Rs 1,251 crore
According to a TOI report citing TechCrunch, Google may have paid up to $150 million (about Rs 1,251 crore) in stock grants to retain Sundar Pichai and Neil Mohan. Both were offered the role of Chief Product at Twitter. Co-founder Jack Dorsey eventually filled this position. But, Google may have offered $50 million to Pichai and $100 million to retain Mohan.