Rebekah Brooks received a staggering $11.2 million payout upon leaving her job as head of Rupert Murdoch's News International, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Brooks stepped down from her role as the phone hacking scandal spiraled out of control. Since then, she has been charged with obstructing the investigation into her role in phone hacking, as well as charged with conspiring to hack phones.

Brooks was always very close to Rupert Murdoch -- he infamously said that she was his top priority at one point during the height of the hacking scandal -- and so it is not altogether surprising that the payout, which presumably came before she was charged, was so substantial. Still, the figure is many millions higher than previous estimates. The FT said that it included "cash and pension payments as well as an allowance for legal fees and the use of a chauffeur-driven car, according to two people with knowledge of her compensation."

The Guardian reported that the deal comes with certain clauses that would force Brooks to pay some of the money back if, for instance, she was found guilty of the criminal charges.

The revelation came on the eve of News Corp.'s annual shareholder meeting. The company's 2011 gathering was a tense affair, with many major shareholders expressing their dissatisfaction with the Murdoch family's leadership and the organization's governance structure. This year, CalPERS, the huge California pension fund, has already said it will vote against Rupert Murdoch. For his part, Murdoch has tweeted that any unhappy shareholders are free to sell up and get out of the company.

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    Rebekah Brooks, (R) former Chief Executive of News International, and her husband Charlie Brooks arrive at Southwark Crown Court in London, on June 22, 2012, for a preliminary hearing in which both face charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the phone hacking scandal. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Rebekah Brooks, former Chief Executive of News International, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, on June 22, 2012. Mrs Brooks, the former News International Chief Executive, is charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice in connection with the police investigation into phone hacking at The News of The World newspaper. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Rebekah Brooks, former Chief Executive of News International, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, on June 22, 2012. Mrs Brooks, the former News International Chief Executive, is charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice in connection with the police investigation into phone hacking at The News of The World newspaper. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Rebekah Brooks, former Chief Executive of News International, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, on June 22, 2012. Mrs Brooks, the former News International Chief Executive, is charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice in connection with the police investigation into phone hacking at The News of The World newspaper. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    Rebekah Brooks, (R) former Chief Executive of News International, and her husband Charlie Brooks, leave Westminster Magistrates Court in London, on June 13, 2012. Rebekah Brooks, the former aide to Rupert Murdoch and editor of the News of the World, appeared in a British court for the first time on Wednesday to face charges relating to the phone-hacking scandal. Her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks was also at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where the couple both face charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, leaves after appearing at Southwark Crown court on charges relating to the phone hacking scandal, in London, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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    Rebekah Brooks, (C) former Chief Executive of News International, and her husband Charlie Brooks (Centre R) leave Southwark Crown Court in London, on June 22, 2012, after a preliminary hearing in which both face charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the phone hacking scandal. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Rebekah Brooks, former Chief Executive of News International, arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, on June 13, 2012. Rebekah Brooks, the former aide to Rupert Murdoch and editor of the News of the World, appeared in a British court for the first time on Wednesday to face charges relating to the phone-hacking scandal. Her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks was also at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where the couple both face charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Charlie Brooks, (2nd L) husband of former chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks, leaves after addressing the media outside a lawyers office in London, on May 15, 2012. Former Rupert Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks, her husband and four others were charged on Tuesday with trying to conceal evidence in the first prosecutions to emerge from Britain's phone hacking scandal. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Rebekah Brooks, (R) former Chief Executive of News International, and her husband Charlie Brooks address the media outside a lawyers office in London, on May 15, 2012. Former Rupert Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks, her husband and four others were charged on Tuesday with trying to conceal evidence in the first prosecutions to emerge from Britain's phone hacking scandal. AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Rebekah Brooks Is Charged With Perverting The Course Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks leave their solicitors to speak to reporters on May 15, 2012 in London, England. Mrs Brooks, former editor of the News of the World newspaper, and her husband Charlie Brooks, have been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in connection with the phone hacking inquiry. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Former Chief Executive Of News International Rebekah Brooks Gives Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks leave the High Court after giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards on May 11, 2012 in London, England. Mrs Brooks, the former Chief Executive of News International and editor of the Sun and News of the World newspapers was questioned on her alleged close links with Prime Minister David Cameron. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Rebekah Brooks leaves the High Court after giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards on May 11, 2012 in London, England. Mrs Brooks, the former Chief Executive of News International and editor of the Sun and News of the World newspapers was questioned on her alleged close links with Prime Minister David Cameron. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    NEWBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Rebekah Brooks, former Chief Executive of News International with husband Charlie Brooks arrives at Newbury racecourse on November 26, 2011 in Newbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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    Chief Executive of News International and former editor of Britain's News of the World newspaper Rebekah Brooks (Top L) attends the semi final match between Serbian player Novak Djokovic and French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in south-west London, on July 1, 2011. Britain's News of the World tabloid will print its last ever edition on Sunday July 10, 2011, following a scandal over phone hacking, owner Rupert Murdoch's son James Murdoch said Thursday July 7, 2011. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL/RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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