The top tech executive at the world’s biggest software company, Oracle, has agreed to pay $1 million to his wife to get her a PhD, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Oracle, which is valued at $100 billion, had been trying to persuade his wife, Lisa Vanderpump, to get a doctorate after her father died from an incurable brain tumor, the Journal reported.
She was a senior software engineer at Oracle in 2013 when her father, John Vanderpumps, died.
Oracle has said that it was not paying her for the doctorate, but the money is a payment of sorts for her to go on to do research and develop new software for the company.
The couple has two children together.
Lisa Vanderhoover has worked at Oracle for 13 years and was previously the chief software engineer for the San Diego Chargers.
She started her career at IBM, which has said she is not currently an Oracle employee.
Oracle also said in a statement that it would provide the money to the Vanderhoos’ charity.
“The Vanderhos are very proud of their contribution to the Oracle family and believe they are a wonderful example of a successful partnership between Oracle and our friends and family,” Oracle said.
“Oracle has always had a strong support system for those who work at Oracle, including a very generous scholarship program, which we continue to support.”