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In a move that puts him one step closer to Oprah-like fame, Vice Media CEO Shane Smith gave every employee $1,500 in cash at their holiday party.

Vice has about 700 employees, so that puts it at over a cool million. “Vice tells us these were not formal company bonuses, just ‘stocking stuffers,’ ” Gawker reported.

In other moves to buy emotions and loyalty, BuzzFeed’s CEO Jonah Peretti told staff they’d get an Apple watch “for meeting certain goals,” according to Business Insider.

All this is well and good, but Oprah still rules the Gifting Wars. In 2010, she gave each of her magazine staffers $10,000 and an iPad. So, step it up, guys. And what about those cheapskates at Zillow? They just gave every employee on staff — yes, all 1,200 of them — a Kindle Fire HD tablet valued at $99 each.

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