Netflix CEO to Be Showered with $28.7M Worth of Stock Options in 2018

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It has been announced that Netflix, an immensely popular streaming service, will reward its current CEO, Reed Hastings, with more stock options in 2018.

There was a public filing issued yesterday in which it was stated that Reed, who co-founded Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), will be showered with $28.7M worth of stock options next year. All of this is on top of his current base salary, which comes to $700,000.

Public filings have illustrated that Hastings has witnessed a marginal drop in his annual salary over the course of the past few years, but that will all change in the forthcoming year.

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Both Netflix and Hastings have had quite the year, with Hastings entering the Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans in 2017. Meanwhile, his company has had a reasonably good year, despite dropping for roughly a week after it was disclosed in Walt Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) earnings report that it would be removing its movies from the streaming service come 2018.

That said, it seems like both Hastings and Netflix will continue on a positive path in 2018, with Hastings receiving more stock options, and Netflix planning to spend roughly $8B on programming.

For those who don’t know, Hastings founded Netflix in the late 90’s, back when it was just a DVD-delivery company, but it has been so successful that it has become a powerhouse in our generation – and I for one am thankful for that. What would this generation do without binge-watching? I’m not sure even I want to know the answer to that.

While Hastings already extremely wealthy – that’s a given considering he’s obtained the 359th spot on the Forbes 400 list – I’m sure he will still be very thankful for the stock options he will receive come January, as stock options allow an individual to purchase or sell company shares at a price that has already been determined.

As of this writing, Netflix is trading down 0.39%.

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