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World’s Highest-paid CEOs: Blackstone, Apple, Live Nation & More

Find out who stands alone atop the list of highest-paid CEOs in the world with a compensation package of over $250 million — it may not be who you think.

It pays to be the boss. In fact, the AFL-CIO found earlier this year that CEOs at S&P 500 companies were paid an average of $16.7 million in 2022. Compared to humbler folks like you and me, that’s an incalculably high number. In fact, if you counted at an average of one number per second for 24 hours per day non-stop, it would take you over 193 days to count that high. (To be clear, do not attempt this.)

Such are the economic standards that make the business world go round, and that got us thinking: If $16. 7 million is the average, how high does the top of the earnings scale truly go for the global C-suite elite?

From Big Tech mavens like Apple’s Tim Cook to heavyweight investors to one very fortunate car rental impresario (!) and beyond, check out who wins the race for the title of highest-paid CEO in the world based on not just base pay and stock options, but bonuses and assorted company privileges and benefits.

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Who’s the Highest-paid CEO in the World?

CEO pay data based on 2022 research by C-Suite Comp as published by The Wall Street Journal on July 5, 2023.

1. Stephen SchwarzmanBlackstone$253M
2. Sundar PichaiAlphabet (Google)$226M
3. Stephen ScherrHertz$182M
4. Barry McCarthyPeloton$168M
5. Michael RapinoLive Nation$139M
6. Safra CatzOracle$138M
7. Douglas IngramSarepta Therapeutics$125M
8. Bill ReadyPinterest$123M
9. Kiwi CamaraCS Disco$110M
10. Tim CookApple$99M

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Sam Dunn
Sam Dunn
Sam Dunn is the Managing Editor of Boardroom. Before joining the team, he was an editor and multimedia talent for several sports and culture verticals at Minute Media and an editor, reporter, and site manager at SB Nation. A specialist in content strategy, copywriting, and SEO, he has additionally worked as a digital consultant in the corporate services, retail, and tech industries. He cannot be expected to be impartial on any matter regarding the Florida Gators or Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter @RealFakeSamDunn.