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US Tech's top-paid CEOs

Some that you recognise, some you've hardly even heard of

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Median pay among CEOs at the 100 largest U.S. companies was $13.9 million last year, an increase of 9% over the prior year, according to compensation expert Equilar. How does that compare to the tech/telco industry? We examined 62 tech CEOs’ pay packages -- including salary, bonuses, incentive awards, and perks -- and found 15 current tech leaders whose 2013 pay exceeded the median ($13.9 million) in the Equilar 100 CEO Pay Study. The 15 highest-paid tech CEOs represent a wide range of industry players, including hardware makers, software companies, service providers, and telecommunications companies.

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Larry Ellison - CEO, Oracle

Oracle’s chief executive is often on the top of the pay rankings, and in 2013, his supersized package was worth $78.4 million. As usual, the bulk of Larry Ellison's compensation is equity based. He received option awards valued at $76.9 million. He also received a token $1 salary and $1,126 bonus. (He declined a $1.2 million performance-based cash bonus.) On the perks front, Oracle paid a $1.5 million tab to secure Ellison's residence. Compared to a year earlier, when Ellison netted $96.2 million, the value of his 2013 pay package is down 18%.


  • Larry Ellison - CEO, Oracle
  • Dan Hesse CEO and president, Sprint
  • Brian Roberts CEO and chairman, Comcast
  • Paul Ricci CEO, Nuance
  • Marissa Mayer CEO, Yahoo
  • Randall Stephenson CEO, president and chairman, AT&T
  • Marc Benioff CEO and chairman, Salesforce.com
  • Mike Lawrie CEO and president, CSC
  • John Chambers CEO and chairman, Cisco
  • Meg Whitman CEO and president, HP
  • Scott McGregor CEO and president, Broadcom
  • Lowell McAdam CEO and chairman, Verizon
  • Shantanu Narayen CEO and president, Adobe
  • Pat Gelsinger CEO, VMware
  • Ginny Rometty CEO, president and chairman, IBM


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