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Tim Cook reaps $59 million after 2010 bonuses, stock grants

updated 12:00 pm EST, Fri January 7, 2011

Includes reward for covering for Jobs' absence

Apple COO Tim Cook pulled in $59.1 million in total compensation during 2010, including bonuses and stock options, official SEC filings show. While already reasonably wealthy thanks to an $800,000 salary, he was further granted a "special award" in March, signifying "outstanding performance" in managing Apple while CEO Steve Jobs was away coping with a liver transplant. Cook received 75,000 restricted Apple shares, plus a $5 million discretionary bonus.

Overall Cook's stock awards for the year amounted to $52.3 million, forming the bulk of compensation. The amount represents a massive pay jump for the executive, who in 2009 pulled in a comparatively modest $1.64 million. His base salary will in fact rise permanently during 2011 to sit at $900,000.

An Apple committee has also elected to give a raise to Bruce Sewell, the corporation's general counsel, responsible for handling legal affairs. His salary will rise from $650,000 in 2010 to $700,000 in 2011. Keeping a $1 salary is CEO Steve Jobs, who sits on the boards of both Apple and Disney, and owns 5.5 million shares of Apple stock alone. SEC documents note that Jobs has not actually sold any of his Apple holdings since resuming CEO duties in 1997.

A 2011 shareholder meeting has been scheduled for February 23rd at 10AM Pacific time. Prior to this, on January 18th, the company will hold a conference call announcing Q1 2011 results.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Steve Jobs...

    Cook is worth the money and worth keeping but Jobs' has a way of doing things CEOs should emulate. They think making a flashy gadget that sells or fails is what they are getting paid for. Jobs also leads by example and many of these CEOs lead by bad example. Apple's culture is pretty safe from being copied... and therefore the "others' will have to come up with their own ideas, something they loathe or fail to do.

  1. olePigeon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    When to justify a huge salary...

    When you're apart of a team that moves a company into the 2nd most valuable company in the U.S., $50 million in bonuses seems justified for sockholders and their $300+ shares.

    Banks, on the other hand...

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Reasonably wealthy

    With a salary of $800,000 a year he is already reasonably wealthy....

    I guess I have a different definition of the adverb reasonably....

    7 years of pharmacy school and residency only brings in $100,000 a year (before student loans)...and clinical pharmacists save lives. Teachers make half that and (most) work 60 hours/week trying to prepare the next generation of adults.

    We really have our priorities out of line..

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mind-boggling numbers

    Jobs' AAPL stake is worth over $1.8 billion

    As for Cook... $59 million, wow. What could one even do with that kind of money?

    If you spent $10,000 a day every single day it would take you nearly 30 years to go through it, and that's not counting interest you'd surely earn on what's not yet spent.

    Hey Tim... wanna throw me a mil? You'll never miss it. It's a rounding error :-)

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