Scott Forstall, Apple's high-profile Senior Vice President of iOS software, has sold off $38.7 million-worth of previously-restricted Apple stock according to recent security filings. Forstall had sold off about $33 million-worth of stock in March when the restriction first lifted, and the final sale here here leaves him with 5% of the 120,000 shares he was first given in 2008. Forstall still has another 100,000 restricted stock units that will be ready to sell in 2014 and another 150,000, half of which will vest in 2013 and the other in 2016.
While it may seem odd at first glance that Forstall would sell of so much stock now, with so much more of that juicy restricted stock lying ahead, it's easy to see him enjoying this lot of cash now and still sticking with Apple for the long haul.
Just like the first wave of stock sell-offs, it wouldn't be surprising to see other Apple execs cashing in sometime soon as well. Millard Drexler, who serves on Apple's board of directors, sold off a bunch of stock too for a total of $23.7 million.
Scott Forstall came to Apple from NeXT, which also brought Steve Jobs back to the company (along with almost all the new generation of Apple executives). Because of both the growing importance of iOS to Apple, and Forstall's political acumen, he has been rumored to be in line to be Apple's CEO once Tim Cook is done. Whether or not that ends up being the case, there's no doubt that Forstall's profile within Apple has risen as stratospherically as the iPhone and iPad themselves.
So with over $70 million in newly redeemed cash on hand, that just leaves one question -- what will he spend it on? Monster yacht? Jumbo jet? One of each hypercar on the Top Gear top lap list? A Cobra Commander style underwater headquarters? What would you spend it on?