Google Masseuse Is a Millionaire

Early shareholder muscled into ranks of 1000+ workers worth millions
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 9:15 AM CST
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(Newser) – Google’s first in-house masseuse has cashed out the last of her stock options and joined the ranks of the company's multimillionaires, reports the New York Times. Bonnie Brown joined Google when it had just 40 employees in 1999, and when she retired 5 years later, her stock options were worth millions. Her financial adviser suggested selling—but she held on to a few.

“I saved enough stock for a rainy day, and lately it’s been pouring,” Brown said. An estimated 1,000 current and former workers have over $5 million worth of Google shares, so employees can afford to quit and travel or pursue charities and hobbies. “It seems that every time I give some away, it just keeps filling up again,” she said.