Google GOOG -3.66% chief executive Larry Page accepted a salary of just $1 last year, but it didn’t hurt his net worth–the tech whiz is still worth more than $30 billion.
Page is just one of the many billionaires CEOs whose compensation has been in the spotlight recently as companies release their 2013 proxy statements. The data included here was compiled by executive compensation firm Equilar for the New York Times; Forbes further narrowed its scope to focus exclusively on the paychecks of billionaire chief executives.
The individuals in consideration are CEOs at the 100 largest U.S. public companies (revenue) that had filed proxy statements by April 4. Compensation includes base salary, cash bonuses, stock and option awards by grant date value, and other benefits as listed in the summary compensation tables of each company’s 2013 proxy statement.
Topping the list is another Larry. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison also took a salary of just $1, though he brought home a bit more than that in total: $78.4 million. Sixty-nine-year old Ellison enjoys the view from first place with a net worth of just under $50 billion. The vast majority–$77 million, to be exact–of Ellison’s paycheck in 2013 came from options.
Rubert Murdoch comes in second after a busy year in which he got divorced from wife Wendi and split his News Corporation into News Corp NWSA +0.6%. and 21st Century Fox Fox, at which he made $26.1 million in compensation. Murdoch is worth $13.3 billion and took spot #78 on this years Forbes Billionaires List. In 2013 he took in an $8.1 million salary, $12.5 million bonus, and more than $5 million in options.
Number three Meg Whitman is the only female billionaire among CEOs of the 100 largest publicly-traded companies in the U.S. As chief of Hewlett-Packard Whitman brought home $17.6 million and at 57 is no stranger to rankings and superlatives, holding spots on the Forbes Billionaires List, Forbes 400, and Forbes Power Women list. Like Ellison, Page, and many others, Whitman took a salary of just $1, but has a combined more than $17 million in stock and options.