Tony Fadell gets $300,000 annual salary as new ‘Special Advisor’ to Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Apple revealed today in their latest 10-K (filed Nov. 05, 2008):

On November 3, 2008, Tony Fadell, Senior Vice President, iPod Division of the Company became Special Advisor to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. In this new position, Mr. Fadell no longer will be an executive officer of the Company. In connection therewith, Mr. Fadell and the Company have entered into a Transition Agreement and a Settlement Agreement and Release (the “Transition Agreement” and the “Settlement Agreement,” respectively), under which Mr. Fadell will receive a salary of three hundred thousand dollars annually, and will be entitled to bonus and other health and welfare benefits generally available to other senior managers for the duration of the Transition Agreement, which remains in effect until March 24, 2010.

The Transition Agreement also provides for the cancellation of outstanding and unvested 155,000 restricted stock units held by Mr. Fadell. Upon approval by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, Mr. Fadell will be granted 77,500 restricted stock units that will vest in full on March 24, 2010, subject to his continued employment with the Company through the vesting date and further subject to accelerated vesting if the Company terminates his employment without cause. The restricted stock units are payable upon vesting in shares of the Company’s common stock on a one-for-one basis. The Settlement Agreement includes Mr. Fadell’s release of claims against the Company and agreement not to solicit the Company’s employees for one year following the termination of his employment.

Source: Apple Inc.

Full 10-K filing ” target=”_blank”>here.

[Attribution: AllThingsD. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jen” for the heads up.]


  1. I can’t believe so many conservatives read this site… Freaking disgusting people.

    You can make an informed decision about computers, but you spew out the same tired conservative FUD? Freaking. Disgusting. People.

  2. Yeah, those disgusting conservatives. How dare they read a site, especially if they don’t agree with every opinion or news item there-in?! Disgusting, that they might be informed about something even if they don’t always agree.

    Nice job, Luke Dyer. Good thing you know everything and are right about everything, thus you can propogate the popular myths about Apple users…

    MW: normal – sad but true, this is normal

  3. @Luke Dyer

    Are you kidding me?!

    You sound like a conservative just ran over your cat.

    Get a life.

    By the way, as a conservative, I have great admiration and appreciation for different viewpoints…read: Barack Obama’s views. I respect that it takes diversity in opinion sometimes to get this country going in the right direction.

  4. @ApplePi

    “…Hopefully he will be taxed higher. He earns more. That’s the way it works unless you want the rich to get richer and the poor poorer. …”

    If you had even a modicum of economic sense, you’d know just how wrong this ridiculously simple minded adage is.

    Consider that I run my own business. By your standards I would be considered wealthy. My business has slowed down recently and the city of Los Angeles is hitting me up for new business taxes as well as the state of California.

    As a result, I:

    1. Did not start the home improvements I had planned.
    2. Reduced the hours of my house keeper to once a week instead of every other day.
    3. Let one of the coders I had on staff go and nixed plans to hire a part time iPhone developer.

    Did my lifestyle change? No.
    Nonetheless, several other people are much poorer due to my increased tax burden. On top of this, I am anticipating more taxes due to the election of Obama. At which point I will let the house keeper go all together, and possibly move the coding side of my business to India, releasing the last two coders I have working for me.

    The truth my simple minded friend is that as the rich get poorer, the poor get seriously screwed. As the rich get richer, wealth spreads.

    It’s not rocket science.

  5. “Hopefully he will be taxed higher. He earns more. That’s the way it works unless you want the rich to get richer and the poor poorer.”

    Can you tell me how taxing him more will keep the poor from getting poorer? There is no correlation. Besides even at a flat percentage, he would already be paying more! 10% (I wish it were that low) of $300,000 is $30,000, 10% of $30,000 is $3000. So why should he be charged at a higher rate?

    On the other hand, if he is charged more, then maybe he won’t hire a gardening service….and the gardening service may lay an employee off, guaranteeing that employee becomes poorer.

    Think about it……

  6. @ApplePI

    I’ll give you another example. One of my clients runs a public relations firm out of Los Angeles. He is extremely successful. He employees over 15 people.

    Due to his efforts 15 people make a living, a good one where the average salary is over 45,000 per year. I’m guessing his take home is around 300k per year.

    He’s also been hit by the city tinkering with business taxes to increase revenues. His business is also slowing down. I’m going in to his office today to consult on security issues of his letting 4 people go this Friday.

    He’s doing the same thing. He’s getting ready as much as responding to current economic realities.

    You “ApplePi” say that this is how things should work. He makes more so he should pay more. Consider that sense he pays more, suddenly people who earned about $200k in combined salaries will now be unemployed. Those taxes will not get paid. They will also cut back, drastically as they look for work.

    When wealth at the top expands, wealth at the bottom expands. When wealth at the top contracts, wealth at the bottom contracts.

    I’m not saying that there aren’t ridiculously over paid people in this world like the infamous hedge fund managers example, but even in that case, what they make is NONE of my business.

    The vast majority of people in this country are employed by small businesses. Instead of punishing small business owners, they ought to be given TAX BREAKS based on the number of people they employ.

    Such a concept would never occur to an Obammacrat though.

    When people work to create wealth, those people should be rewarded. When they create wealth for others, provide health care, etc. the state should not step in and respond with essentially punitive measures.

  7. A few important points. theloniousMac noted it is not rocket science, but in fact people in general are remarkably poorly educated about economics. In addition we all have our blind spots, where even if we know better we make wrong decisions. Some factors people should be aware of:

    -Government is very inefficient at redistributing wealth. They don’t do a good job of it, the return on investment is poor. In fact, government tends to reduce wealth (of everyone, not of the rich)

    -wealth is not a zero-sum game. That is, the wealthy getting richer does not equal some number of people getting poorer by the same amount. This is where our intuition falls down big-time. In fact, it often works in reverse – again as theloniousMac pointed out, wealth can expand at the top and at the bottom together in a causal relationship (not that it always does). Wealth contracting at the top also usually results in wealth contracting further down. Is it worth “sticking it to the man” when in fact, that will guarantee that it will be stuck to you even worse?

    -Policy for a country is not a simple matter. If it was, we wouldn’t all be fighting so hard over it. There are a lot of factors to the overall equation, and the “right” answer isn’t always clear (like the current bailout situation).

  8. @Luke Dyer

    I doubt you even know what a conservative is. You sound terribly ignorant.

    I am a conservative. I am a so called “African-American.” As a conservative I believe in smaller government. I do not believe that government should meddle in the free market. I believe that in most cases government regulation is bad, but that it is warranted in some situations, particularly in making sure there is a level playing field with regard to business competition.

    I believe in a strong defense for the nation. If the country is not secure, then we are all in trouble. I want every other nation on the planet to know that to attack America is to risk annihilation. I believe that our power should be used for defense, but that sometimes defense can take the form of intervention in matters not directly associated with us.

    I believe in personal responsibility. My successes are my own. My failures are my own. If I lose everything and wind up pushing a basket down Sunset boulevard tomorrow afternoon, it is not YOUR responsibility. It is mine. It is mine to deal with, mine to recover from. I do not expect a hand out from the state or the people.

    Unlike some conservatives, I am an atheist. My only religion is rational thought. My philosophy is based on the scientific method.

    I do not believe that abortion should be banned. I believe that abortion is a decision that should be made by both parents and that a father should have some say, but barring that, I’ll be the first to protest any serious attempt at banning abortion. That is government overstepping its boundaries.

    As a conservative and a black person, I am not a racist. I do not judge people individually based on the color of their skin. Ironically, as a black person, I find that the DEMOCRATIC PARTY is the MOST RACIST institution in this country. The Democratic party seeks to perpetuate my status as some kind of VICTIM. As long as I think that racism holds me down, I’m one of theirs.

    When it came time to vote for President, I did not look at Obama’s color nor McCain’s color. I agonized over the decision because, in my humble opinion, they all sucked. Obama, Biden, McCain, Palin, all of them.

    I had to look at Obama and the possibility of large congressional majorities and realize that we are talking about a possible MASSIVE EXPANSION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ITS INTRUSION INTO THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS. I had to hold my nose and vote for McCain.

    When I look at Barrack Obama, I do not see a black man. You probably do as you are a liberal and racism and liberal thinking go hand in hand.

    When I look at Barrack Obama I see a politician and a lawyer, two things we ought no better than to trust by now!

    Do I like the man? On face value yes. Would I like to sit down, have dinner and a bottle of wine with him? Yeah. He looks like he’d be a very interesting person to talk to and debate. Would I like to sit down and talk with McCain? No, not really. Kinda boring in my opinion.

    You see, nothing is as simple as you seem to paint it.

    As a conservative I believe in the free market and supply side economics. I see the effects of supply side demonstrated every single day.

    So when you call me a “disgusting” person I have to wonder just what kind of person are you. Are you just an ill-informed teenager or a completely ignorant adult? I wonder why liberals are so full of hate. Why do they think they know me?

    Maybe now with the election of Obama liberals can relax and we can all get back to work.

  9. “I had to look at Obama and the possibility of large congressional majorities and realize that we are talking about a possible MASSIVE EXPANSION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ITS INTRUSION INTO THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS. I had to hold my nose and vote for McCain.”

    As opposed to the previous “conservative” government that’s all but nationalized the banking system. That’s rich!


    Isn’t that what we just had with the Bush administration? A huge increase in government spending (it must be true, because Fox News said so) and the Patriot Act and FISA Court-free electronic communications snooping. I’m hoping that the next President will reverse several of the Bush policies and find a sensible way of protecting the nation while keeping government out of my email.

    Clinton/Gore reduced the size of government. Perhaps it’s too much to hope that Obama/Biden will do the same…. but, I’m willing to give them the chance to act before I start All Caps shooting my mouth off on Mac-related forums.

    Now….if there was only a way to get Pres-elect Obama to abandon his Blackberry and come to the light that is iPhone


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