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When Patrick Pichette last week posted a letter on Google+ to say that he was resigning as the company's chief financial officer to go backpacking with his wife, the whole world cheered.Not to buy a backpack but to declare that, in the suspect genre of resignation memos, Mr Pichette has composed an instant classic.Different people cope in different ways. Moreover, Mr Pichette makes about 100 times the average US wage, which means the vast majority of people with whom he is sharing his thought process will not be moved one way or another.Then he tells us that his new life was born early one morning at the top of Kilimanjaro. The CFO explains he didn't resolve to leave Google right away.Patrick and Tamar haven't seen a great deal of each other in the past 25 years; one hopes that the playlist that accompanies their future trek is more Africa than D.I.V.O.R.C.E.That's all very well, but if I were a shareholder I might quibble that I wasn't paying Patrick $5.2m a year to be Patrick, but to keep the company's cost structure in order.
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