Becoming a CEO takes hard work, dedication, and smarts, which is why they’re paid millions of dollars each year in salaries, bonuses, perks, stocks, and options. Check out the highest-paid CEOs of 2013 to get an idea of how much money they’re making:
Ellison founded Oracle in the 1970s when he created a database for the CIA as an assignment. The company grew into a global computer technology corporation and is now the third-largest software maker (next to Microsoft and IBM), with Ellison as its CEO. His annual compensation is about $5.5 million, but his stock and options are worth almost $91 million.
Total compensation: $96 million
Kotick and his partner Brian Kelly bought a 25% stake in Activision in 1990 and just two months later, Kotick was named CEO. In 2008, Blizzard Entertainment merged with Activision to create Activision Blizzard, now the world’s second-largest gaming company next to Nintendo. Kotick’s annual compensation is about $9 million and he has stock and options worth almost $56 million.
Total compensation: $65 million
Moonves was the president and CEO of Warner Brothers Television for two years, beginning in 1993. In 1995, he joined CBS as the president of CBS Entertainment. He was named president and CEO of CBS Television in 1998 and became CEO of CBS in 2003. Moonves receives an annual compensation is nearly $32.5 million with stock and options totaling $27.8 million.
Total compensation: $60 million
Zaslav began his career in 1989 by working at NBC for nearly two decades. In 2007, he left NBC and became the CEO of Discovery Communications. He took the mass media and communications company public on the Nasdaq stock exchange and now has an annual compensation of about $9 million with stock and options of about $41 million.
Total compensation: $50 million
Bracken began his career with HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) in 1981 and held multiple CEO positions for various hospitals and medical centers around the country. In 2009, Bracken was named CEO of HCA. He receives an annual compensation of $26.7 million and has stock and options worth $11.8 million.
Total compensation: $38.5 million
Iger became the president of The Walt Disney Company’s business unit, Walt Disney International, in 1999. Just one year later, Iger moved up to president and COO of The Walt Disney Company under CEO Michael Eisner. In 2005, Iger succeeded Eisner as CEO and now has an annual compensation of $19.8 million with another $17 million in stock and options.
Total compensation: $37 million
Mayer was the 20th employee and the first female engineer to join the Google team in 1999. She remained with the company for 13 years before leaving to become the president and CEO of Yahoo in 2012. Her annual compensation is $1.6 million with another $35 million in stock and options.
Total compensation: $36.6 million
Parker joined Nike in 1979 as a footwear designer. He was named general manager in 1993, vice president of Global Footwear in 1998, co-president with Charlie Denson in 2001, and president and CEO in 2006. His compensation is about $8 million with $27 million in stock and options.
Total compensation: $35 million
Hemsley joined UnitedHealth Group, a managed healthcare company, in 1997. UnitedHealth Group is the parent of UnitedHealthcare, the largest health carrier in the U.S. Hemsley was named CEO of the company in 2006 and earns an annual compensation of just over $1 million. His stock and options total $33 million.
Total compensation: $34 million
Dauman began at Viacom in 1987 when the mass media company was taken over by Sumner Redstone. First on the board of directors, Dauman moved up to senior vice president in just six years and up to president and CEO in 2006. His annual compensation is just over $15 million, with stock and options worth $18 million.
Total compensation: $33 million