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Equilar 100: Highest-Paid CEOs at the Largest Companies by Revenue

April 10, 2019

Each year, the Equilar 100 examines CEO compensation at the largest companies by revenue to provide an early look at executive pay trends. The study includes companies that filed annual proxy statements before March 31, considered the “half-way” point in the annual proxy season. Of course, thousands more public companies will file executive compensation data during the month of April, and the annual Equilar 200 study with The New York Times will be forthcoming in late May. That study will provide a comprehensive look at the largest pay packages provided to all public company chief executives in fiscal year 2018.

The introductory page of this feature shows the Top 10 highest-paid CEOs at Equilar 100 companies. Below the highest-paid CEO table, there is a link to the full Equilar 100 in an interactive chart that allows you to sort by compensation, revenue and other measurements. A summary of key highlights from the report follows on this page.

Highest-Paid CEOs at Equilar 100 Companies

COMPANY (Ticker)
Mark V. Hurd
Oracle (ORCL)
$108,295,023 165% $39,831
Safra A. Catz
Oracle (ORCL)
$108,282,333 166% $39,831
Robert A. Iger
Walt Disney (DIS)
$65,645,214 81% $59,434
James R. Murdoch
Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA)
$44,415,365 125% $30,400
Michael F. Neidorff
Centene (CNC)
$26,122,414 3% $60,116
Satya Nadella
Microsoft (MSFT)
$25,843,263 29% $110,360
Randall L. Stephenson
AT&T (T)
$25,600,312 1% $170,756
Michael L. Corbat
Citigroup (C)
$24,179,166 36% $65,500
Dennis A. Muilenburg
Boeing (BA)
$23,392,187 38% $101,127
Miles D. White
Abbott Laboratories (ABT)
$22,872,393 46% $30,578

The full list of CEOs is on the following page in an interactive table.

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Key Trends and Takeaways

  • Median pay decreased slightly for Equilar 100 CEOs. Median pay for Equilar 100 CEOs overall was $15.6 million in fiscal year 2018, in comparison to $15.7 million for the CEOs on the previous year’s list.* On an individual level, Equilar 100 CEOs saw a 0.6% pay decrease at the median in fiscal year 2018. By comparison, median pay for CEOs on last year’s Equilar 100 list increased by 5%.

  • The median CEO pay ratio for the Equilar 100 was 254:1. As 2018 was the first year all Equilar 100 companies were required to report the ratio of CEO pay to that of a median employee under the SEC disclosure requirement, the median ratio was 254: 1. In comparison to 2017, the ratio increased from 235:1. However, in 2017, just 69 Equilar 100 companies disclosed the ratio because the disclosure was required for only those companies whose fiscal year began on or after January 1, 2017.

  • Women represent less than 10% of Equilar 100 CEOs. Just nine women hold a chief executive position at an Equilar 100 company, this is an increase from eight in 2017. Among the nine, three are on the top 20 highest-paid on the list. Safra Catz of Oracle, third on the list, was awarded $108.3 million in 2018. Indra Nooyi—who made the top 10 highest-paid list in the previous year’s study—departed as CEO of Pepsi, leaving Catz as the only women on the top 10 highest-paid list this year.

  • Apple topped Berkshire Hathaway in total revenue. For two consecutive years, Berkshire Hathaway was the largest company by revenue in the Equilar 100 study, topping out Apple each year. In 2018, Apple topped Berkshire Hathaway with a revenue of $265.5 billion, while Berkshire Hathwway was the only other company on the Equilar 100 list to have a revenue over $200 billion at $247.5 billion. AT&T had the third-largest revenue on the list at $170.8 billion.

*Note: While many of the companies in the Equilar 100 are consistent from year to year, due to changes in revenue and floating filing dates the list is not the same every year.

For information regarding the Equilar 100 and the underlying datasets, or to learn more about Equilar Research Services, please contact the Equilar research team at

Amit Batish, Content Manager, authored this report. Charlie Pontrelli, Research Manager, contributed the data and analysis for this study. For more information on Equilar research and data analysis, please contact Amit Batish at

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