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America’s Top 10 CEOs And Executives With The Highest Salaries In 2018

Stephen Angel, CEO at Linde PLC

Interestingly, with a total compensation package of $513.28 million, Tesla’s Elon Musk was the highest-paid CEO, that’s according to a Bloomberg report, while Tilray CEO Brendan Kennedy ($256 million) and Walt Disney’s Bob Iger ($146.62 million) placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The report placed Apple’s Tim Cook ($141.66 million) in 4th ahead of Nikesh Arora ($130.73 million) into 5th; while David Zaslav ($122 million) ranked 6th and James Heppelmann ($71.49 million) 7th.

What’s most surprising, Tim Cook was the highest-ranked CEO on the list of the most influential chief executives in the world for 2019. For example, as of July 26, 2019, Tesla had a market capitalization of $40.45 billion, while Apple, the heavyweight on the list, had a market capitalization of $952 billion. Some investors have been vocal against high CEO compensation – Warren Buffett has been against high salaries for chief executive.

Overall, among the top ten highest-paid CEOs, the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions are held by Stephen Schwarzman ($69.14 million), Tony James ($66.24 million), and Stephen Angel ($66.19 million).

America’s Top 10 CEOs And Executives With The Highest Salaries In 2018

  1. Elon Musk, CEO at Tesla Inc.
    Compensation package: $513,278,929
  2. Brendan Kennedy, CEO/President at Tilray Inc.
    Compensation package: $256,006,946
  3. Bob Iger, CEO/Chairman at Walt Disney Co.
    Compensation package: $146,616,652
  4. Tim Cook, CEO at Apple Inc. (9)
    Compensation package: $141,657,076
  5. Nikesh Arora, CEO/Chairman at Palo Alto Networks Inc.
    Compensation package: $130,730,811
  6. David Zaslav, CEO/President at Discovery Inc.
    Compensation package: $122,085,568
  7. James Heppelmann, CEO/President at PTC Inc.
    Compensation package: $71,494,560
  8. Stephen Schwarzman, CEO/Chairman at Blackstone Group LP
    Compensation package: $69,147,028
  9. Tony James, Executive Vice Chairman at Blackstone Group LP
    Compensation package: $66,243,569
  10. Stephen Angel, CEO at Linde PLC
    Compensation package: $66,190,743

Highest Paid Women CEOs and Executives in 2018

1. Safra Catz, Co-CEO at Oracle Corp.
Compensation package: $40,466,970

2. Angela Ahrendts, Former Senior VP at Apple Inc.
Compensation package: $33,972,569

3. Katherine Adams, Senior VP at Apple Inc.
Compensation package: $31,052,633

4. Laura Alber, CEO/President at Williams-Sonoma Inc.
Compensation package: $29,334,040

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