Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings said last Friday that it will give its 31,557 employees more than 1.5 billion yuan worth of company shares to celebrate its 18th anniversary.
Every employee of Asia's most valuable listed company will get 300 company shares, which is worth 53,000 yuan.
Tencent founder and chairman Pony Ma also gave away 30 million yuan worth of gift money to current and former employees and contractors on WeChat on Friday, in the form of virtual "red envelopes" with amounts ranging from 188 yuan to 1,888 yuan.
The date of Tencent's foundation coincides with that of the festival also known as "Double 11".
"Jack Ma's employees are busy sweating overtime, Pony Ma's employees are busy counting cash" - a popular joke circulated among Tencent employees and online.
The shares will be given to Tencent employees in three equal batches in the next three years, according to an internal e-mail seen by Reuters.