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When the company went public in 2004, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin insisted on taking salaries of just $1.

It was a novel idea for a major corporation: How much money they made would actually depend on how well the company performed, since it was entirely tied to their holdings in the company. Between 2004 and 2007, this made all three men multi-billionaires.

Unfortunately, 2008 wasn't so kind: Their combined fortunes plunged (with Google stock) by 55 percent. All combined, the AP estimates the three lost $25.8 billion.

Don't weep for Schmidt, Page or Brin, though. In 2008, Schmidt for one pocketed other company perks valued at $614,964.



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