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100 Largest Company CEOs


The New York Times recently published its coverage of the Equilar 100 CEO Pay Study, an analysis of CEO pay at the 100 largest public U.S. companies as measured by revenue.

Over the past nine years, Equilar has collaborated with The Times as the preferred data provider of executive compensation and corporate governance information. Equilar delivers key information on compensation, professional history, and wealth events for top executives of publicly traded companies.


Top 10 Largest Companies Leaderboard


EXECUTIVE NAME TOTAL COMPENSATION CHANGE TSR
1.
satya nadella Satya Nadella
Microsoft (MSFT)
$84,308,755 n/a 24%
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mr. Nadella became CEO on February 4, 2014.
CHANGE IN PAY: Not calculated because the CEO was not in place for two complete years.
2.
larry ellison Lawrence J. Ellison
Oracle (ORCL)
$67,261,251 -14% 26%
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mr. Ellison left the CEO position on September 17, 2014.
3.
steve mollenkopf Steven M. Mollenkopf
Qualcomm (QCOM)
$60,740,592 n/a 13%
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mr. Mollenkopf became CEO on March 4, 2014.
CHANGE IN PAY: Not calculated because the CEO was not in place for two complete years.
4.
robert iger Robert A. Iger
Walt Disney (DIS)
$43,701,750 27% 39%
5.
larry-merlo Larry J. Merlo
CVS Health (CVS)
$24,285,460 6% 36%
6.
k rupert murdoch K. Rupert Murdoch
Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA)
$23,866,871 -8% 21%
7.
james mcnerney W. James McNerney, Jr.
Boeing (BA)
$23,511,823 1% -3%
8.
james gorman James P. Gorman
Morgan Stanley (MS)
$23,074,646 66% 25%
9.
david cote David M. Cote
Morgan Stanley (MS)
$22,958,590 -10% 11%
10.
kenneth chenault Kenneth I. Chenault
Morgan Stanley (MS)
$22,378,158 3% 4%

1.

1.

satya nadella

Satya Nadella

Microsoft (MSFT)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$84,308,755


CHANGE
n/a


TSR
24%


CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mr. Nadella became CEO on February 4, 2014. CHANGE IN PAY: Not calculated because the CEO was not in place for two complete years.

2.

2.

larry ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

Oracle (ORCL)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$67,261,251


CHANGE
-14%


TSR
26%


CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mr. Ellison left the CEO position on September 17, 2014.

3.

3.

steve mollenkopf

Steven M. Mollenkopf

Qualcomm (QCOM)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$60,740,592


CHANGE
n/a


TSR
13%


CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mr. Mollenkopf became CEO on March 4, 2014. CHANGE IN PAY: Not calculated because the CEO was not in place for two complete years.

4.

4.

robert iger

Robert A. Iger

Walt Disney (DIS)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$43,701,750


CHANGE
27%


TSR
39%

5.

5.

larry merlo

Larry J. Merlo

CVS Health (CVS)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$24,285,460


CHANGE
6%


TSR
36%

6.

6.

k rupert murdoch

K. Rupert Murdoch

Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$23,866,871


CHANGE
-8%


TSR
31%


7.

7.

james mcnerney

W. James McNerney, Jr.

Boeing (BA)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$23,511,823


CHANGE
1%


TSR
-3%

8.

8.

james gorman

James P. Gorman

Morgan Stanley (MS)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$23,074,646


CHANGE
66%


TSR
25%

9.

9.

david cote

David M. Cote

Honeywell International (HON)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$22,958,590


CHANGE
-10%


TSR
11%

10.

10.

kenneth chenault

Kenneth I. Chenault

American Express (AXP)


TOTAL COMPENSATION
$22,378,158


CHANGE
3%


TSR
4%

For more information on the study and a complete list of pay for all CEOs;

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Key Findings

Equilar’s analysis revealed several interesting findings.

  1. Three Top Paid CEOs of 2014

    1. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was the highest paid at $84.3 million. Mr. Nadella became CEO on February 4, 2014.

    2. Larry Ellison of Oracle was second on the list with $67.3 million, a 14% decrease from the previous year. He stepped down from the CEO position on September 17, 2014.

    3. Steven Mollenkopf of Qualcomm rounded out the top three on the list with $60.7 million. Mr. Mollenkopf became CEO on March 4, 2014.

  2. Compensation Trends

    1. Median pay rose 5% for CEOs that served two full fiscal years. Average pay grew by 0.2% for the same group of CEOs.

    2. Of the 100 CEOs, nine are women. The highest paid was Meg Whitman of Hewlett-Packard with $19.6 million in total pay.

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