NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Tim Cook celebrated his five-year anniversary as CEO of Apple (AAPL) - Get Report on Wednesday and Bloomberg News's Caleb Melby joined this afternoon's "Bloomberg Markets" to take a look at Cook's compensation over the past five years.
"In 2011 when he joined they gave him a one million restricted stock units, they re-tooled that in 2013 so some of them would be tied to beating the S&P 500, and he's done that," Melby noted.
Cook has gained half of those one million units, which are now 3.5 million units, following the seven-to-one stock split, those units now total $375 million for Cook's five years as CEO.
Caleb concluded by explaining how the methodology Cook has employed to beat the S&P varies from the former CEO and Apple founder Steve Jobs' tactics.
"If you look [at] their performance against the S&P, certainly Tim Cook's Apple looks different than Steve Job's Apple. Sales have slowed, some of that is buybacks and dividend increases, so a different way of beating the S&P than prior to 2011, but still doing it," Melby said.
Shares of Apple were lower during late-afternoon trading on Thursday.
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