I stumbled upon a report of the 101 highest paid CEOs in America yesterday after seeing an article about a (Walt) Disney heiress putting the Disney CEO on blast for his salary. Disney’s CEO, Robert A. Iger, ranks 3rd on the list of the highest paid CEOs in America with annual compensation of $65,645,214.
Abigail Disney is the granddaughter of the late Walt Disney and despite being born into a world of immense wealth she decided now was the time to lash out at the pay gap. An Equilar report found that Disney’s CEO makes 1,424 times the median salary of Disney employees.
I clicked around to the Equilar report which shows the highest paid CEOs of 2019 and here’s what the top 15 looks like. The CEO Pay Ratio is pretty self-explanatory, it explains how much more the CEO makes compared to the median company salary.
1. Mark V. Hurd (Oracle) $108,295,023, 1205x median employee salary
2. Safra A. Catz (Oracle) $108,282,333, 1205x median employee salary
3. Robert A. Iger (Disney) $65,645,214, 1424 CEO Pay Ratio
4. James R. Murdoch (FOX) $44,415,365, 741 CEO Pay Ratio
5. Michael F. Neidorff (Centene) $26,122,414, 396 CEO Pay Ratio
6. Satya Nadella (Microsoft) $25,843,263, 154 CEO Pay Ratio
7. Randall L. Stephenson (ATT) $25,600,312, 304 CEO Pay Ratio
8. Michael L. Corbat (Citigroup) $24,179,166, 486 CPR
9. Dennis A. Muilenburg (Boeing) $23,392,187, 184 CPR
10. Miles D. White (Abbott Labs) $22,872,393, 301 CPR
11. Brian T. Moynihan (B of A) $22,434,351, 247 CPR
12. Pierre Nanterme (Accenture) $22,299,174, 1222 CPR
13. Hans Vestberg (Verizon) $22,206,086, 198 CPR
14. Marillyn A. Hewson (Lockheed Martin) $21,516,545, 191 CPR
15. Charles H. Robbins (Cisco) $21,284,339, 160 CPR
The Equilar report shows the salaries of the 100 highest-paid CEOs of 2019. #100 on the list is bringing in $4,469,830/year in total compensation. I guess I should note that total compensation isn’t just salary, it factors in salary, bonus, stock awards, etc. You can check out that Equilar report here.
I honestly cannot recall a time in my schooling/upbringing when the teachers ever mentioned ‘CEO’ as a desirable job. When we were really young, it was all ‘reach for the stars’ and encouraging kids to dream of becoming President of the USA or an astronaut. There was never any talk of ‘ascend to CEO of Disney and you’ll get paid more than you could spend in several lifetimes.’
If you’re interested in seeing Abigail Disney’s rant, you can click here to check it out.