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Here are the Highest-Paid Biopharmaceutical CEOs in the United States

CEO compensation packages with high remuneration are not uncommon in the Biopharmaceutical industry. However, a significant number of top executives received substantial pay hikes last year, indicating that it is currently a favorable time to be a CEO in Biopharmaceuticals.

It’s worth noting that high compensation packages for chief executives are not exclusive to the Biopharmaceuticals industry. In fact, CEO salaries in other sectors often far exceed those in biopharmaceuticals. As an example, Sundar Pichai of Alphabet (GOOG) held the top spot with a salary of $225 million last year, while the highest-paid CEO in pharma (Doug Ingram of Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.) earned $124 million.

The CEOWORLD magazine Executive Council collected data on more than 320 CEO compensation packages covering pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life science companies. Three brought in paydays over $50 million, and one CEO broke the $100 million mark.

Top-Paid Biopharmaceutical CEOs in the United States

RankCEOCompanyCEO Pay
1Doug IngramSarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (SRPT)$124,938,694
2Pablo LegorretaRoyalty Pharma$93,478,402
3David R. EpsteinSeagen Inc. (SGEN)$57,460,546
4Kimberly BlackwellZentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ZNTL)$36,614,376
5Albert BourlaPfizer (PFE)$33,017,453
6Clay SiegallSeagen Inc. (SGEN)$32,758,022
7Anne Wojcicki23andMe$32,546,430
8Chris ViehbacherBiogen$30,488,593
9Ari BousbibIQVIA$30,135,029
10Marc CasperThermo Fisher Scientific$28,208,909
11Francis deSouzaIllumina$26,752,197
12Michel VounatsosBiogen$26,625,221
13Richard GonzalezAbbVie$26,287,185
14Daniel FagaAnaptysBio$24,440,350
15Daniel O’DayGilead Sciences$21,621,253
16Robert FordAbbott Laboratories$21,452,566
17Bob BradwayAmgen$21,399,733
18David RicksEli Lilly$21,398,135
19Samarth KulkarniCRISPR Therapeutics$20,734,359
20Samantha DuZai Lab$20,212,141
21Giovanni CaforioBristol Myers Squibb$20,053,032
22Stéphane BancelModerna$19,363,648
23Kevin LoboStryker Corporation$18,563,214

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