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Trade Desk CEO Gets $830 Million Pay To Beat Google

Trade Desk management board granted Green $830 million in options in October, allowing him to buy millions more shares if the firm’s stock price rose.

Trade Desk CEO Gets $830 Million Pay To Beat Google

Trade Desk Inc. founder and CEO Jeff Green’s nine-figure remuneration package is the highest ever reported for 2021.

In Ventura, California, the marketing agency reportedly paid Green about $830 million. Joseph Bae and Scott Nuttall, the new co-CEOs of KKR and Blackstone, Inc., earn less than that. The payment is based on an October options incentive from Trade Desk’s management board that matures at eight successively higher share prices. Bloomberg estimates Green could profit over $5 billion if the stock doubles in value and the corporation accomplishes its other goals.

The payment comes at a critical time for the internet and Green’s company, which sells online advertising. Google, owned by Alphabet Inc., takes up to 42% of all online ad money, yet it faces issues. Marketing and publishing firms are responding to new privacy restrictions that limit the use of digital trackers called cookies. On the internet, Green claimed in a recent interview in New York. 

Clear and present danger 

Green’s 10% economic stake in the company accounts for most of his $3.5 billion personal wealth, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Trade Desk has developed a new privacy-neutral technology that replaces third-party cookies to combat Google’s lucrative role as an online marketing intermediary. The company also stated it would stop buying ads for clients in Google’s Open Bidding program.

Analysts say it is one of the few recent attempts by a huge ad-buying firm to break free of Google’s sphere. According to Oliver Latham, a Charles River Associates expert, smaller ad-tech companies must adapt and expand. His firm’s very existence is both an opportunity and a threat.

A Google spokesperson could not respond immediately. Green may recall the early days of online advertising when sellers and buyers had no constraints. After college, he bought ads for clients at 411 Web Interactive in Los Angeles. He posted those ads on Yahoo, for example, might do exceptionally well on some days but disastrous on others.


To establish a rules-based internet advertising approach, Green founded AdECN in 2004 and sold it to Microsoft in 2007. Even while Google spent billions on acquisitions to consolidate its early advantage, he thought Microsoft was not paying enough attention to his business unit.

Green claimed he still held a grudge. Trade Desk was started in 2009 by him and David Pickles. It was simple: help clients buy more successfully in internet bids. It worked. Trade Desk made $138 million on $1.2 billion in sales in 2021. Its valuation has risen by over 3,500% since its initial public offering in 2016.

By eliminating Google as an intermediary, it hopes to compete with Google. Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, is currently testing a restricted version. AdProfs founder Ratko Vidakovic said it was a success. It also reminded advertisers that a better way to buy advertising from publishers was by skipping the advertising exchange entirely. Also, Trade Desk has released Unified ID 2.0, a response to Google and Apple Inc. using third-party cookies. The industry’s main issue, according to Green, is its elimination.

Lofty Deal

Trade Desk’s management board granted Green $830 million in options in October, allowing him to buy millions more shares if the firm’s stock price rose. Green is entitled to a $5.2 billion incentive if the stock reaches $340 and the firm beats the majority of Nasdaq 100 companies.

The stock was up 7.5% to $66.69 at 2:33 p.m. However, although the prize may show the board’s confidence in Green as a leader, stakeholder activists see it as proof that only vast sums of money can effectively inspire CEOs. It is included in a case filed by a firm stakeholder, the Miami firefighters and cops’ pension fund. As You Sow manager Rosanna Landis-Weaver thinks, giving someone who owns 10% of the company such a large stock reward on top of a high cash pay is absurd. A Trade Desk spokeswoman said that the company had filed a motion to dissolve the lawsuit. Green pledged to give away over 90% of his assets a month after obtaining the new stock.

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