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Reed Hastings’s Expensive Year

The good news for Reed Hastings: The Netflix CEO saw his total pay jump from $5.5 million to $9.3 million last year, the company revealed in a proxy filing today.

The bad news: As everyone who pays any attention to the company knows, the company’s stock got hammered. So Hastings’s Netflix holdings did, too.

His 4.4 percent stake in the company was worth around $437 million at the beginning of 2011, when NFLX was trading at $175. By the end of the year, the stock was worth $69, and Hastings was down to a mere $172 million.

Netflix stock has climbed back a bit and is now at $106, and that puts Hastings back at $265 million. But that news has a flip side, too: Late last year, Netflix gave Hastings a pay cut for 2012 and cut his stock awards for the year in half, to $1.5 million.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work