Salary and bonuses amount to small rise from 2012 package
Though the media generally reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook has "earned" hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation, in fact most of the money attributed to Apple's chief is theoretical, and comes in the form of stock options or Restricted Stock Units -- potential rewards Cook may never see, and won't vest for years to come. For 2013, Cook's actual yearly compensation package totalled $4.3 million, a slight rise from the $4.17 million he made last year, his first full year as CEO.
Apple takes top two spots in Equilar chart
Silicon Valley companies have long used restricted-stock units and other "equity grants" either as rewards and compensation or as incentive to improve the value of a company. During the dot-com boom of the late 90s, stock options and other similar perks were common. The Wall Street Journal reports on a study by compensation-research firm Equilar that shows that Apple has ended up granting two of the largest equity grants in the history of tech companies.
Jobs No. 11 on CEO list
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs dropped from No. 1 to No. 11 on Forbes' list of Top Paid Tech CEOs, while Larry Ellison (Oracle, $192m), Nabell Gareeb (MEMC Electronic Materials, $80m), John Chambers (Cisco, $55m), Mark Hurd (HP, $28m), Jen-Hsun Huang (Nvidia, $25m) were among the top (respectively). In 2006, Jobs took home a staggering $646 million (mostly bellied by his stock package), while Jobs "only" received $14.6 million in compensation. The publication notes that the percentage of top paid tech CEOs among the top 100 most richly compensated CEOs has decreased considerably and Tech CEOs no longer dominate the latter.
Apple shareholders meeting
Apple has officially announced its annual meeting of shareholders, where stockowners will elect the company's Board of Directors and ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as Apple's independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2008. Also on the agenda are considerations for two shareholder proposals, which are listed below. The meeting is scheduled to take place on March 4th at 10:00 a.m. local time in Building 4 on the company's Cupertino campus.