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Yahoo will replace Marissa Mayer with a male CEO who will make twice as much


Yahoo is selling its core businesses to Verizon. But the man who will take the new helm will make double what Marissa Mayer makes now.

Mayer, CEO since 2012, makes a base salary of $1 million. Her replacement, Thomas McInerney, will make $2 million a year, Fortune reports.

All that will remain of Yahoo (soon to be renamed Altaba) is its stock in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, plus smaller investments. The Yahoo advertising business and tech most consumers recognize will be property of Verizon.

So, effectively, McInerney will make more money to run a smaller company that's effectively an investment fund. Yahoo said it has no plans to buy or sell any stocks it already owns.

McInerney will lead Yahoo "out of a long and significant tail of Yahoo operating company liabilities," anonymous sources told Fortune. That includes Yahoo's lawsuits from Yahoo's data breaches and other talks with regulators.

When Mayer was hired, Yahoo was floundering. 

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Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer arrives at the White House to attend a meeting of business leaders with President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

In fairness, Mayer should land on her feet. She'll get a $23 million severance package, $69 million of stock options, and she can sell the $97 million in Yahoo stock she already owns. 

That severance package angered some observers.

But so did the apparent gender pay gap.


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