Can you imagine not remotely having to worry about money? Like truly never having to worry and knowing your children’s children’s children would never have to worry. Most of us will never be able to fathom that kind of money. But boy would it be nice. I know money can’t buy happiness but it could reduce my stress level dramatically. I’m over here slaving away trying to hit my bonus at work. But that money isn’t even a penny compared to the bonuses of some of the world’s highest-paid CEOs. New research provided to us by The Stock Dork looked at the average yearly bonus payments of the top 50 market cap companies over the past 5 years. From this, they created a list of those CEOs who receive the highest average bonuses.
And you may want to sit down for this. It may anger you. Or it may inspire you to get to work. Does anyone have a spare billion-dollar idea I can borrow? Bonuses for these CEOs range from a sparse $5,000,000+ to nine figures. Yes, a nine-figure bonus payment. That’s on top of a salary. This is precisely where I felt sick. And listen I’m not one of those “eat the rich”, or “billionaires shouldn’t exist” people. If you are good for you I respect everyone’s opinion. I also respect people who work hard and ultimately make a lot of money. But then I also think of the other people in these companies doing the brunt of the work, who aren’t getting a salary that is remotely this much. I’m not sure what the answer is here. And I’m probably just rambling at this point. So back to the data.
For the sake of this study, bonuses are considered cash, stock, and stock options. According to The Stock Dork, the list was compiled using “data from the companies’ most recent financial statements, SEC filings, and public annual reports. This data was then cross-referenced to ensure accuracy, with a focus specifically on the bonus component of executive compensation.”
There was one clear front runner, that won’t surprise you. Keep reading to see the 9 largest bonuses of CEOs. Thanks to our friends at The Stock Dork for providing us with this data.