Top 10 highest-paid employees in the world

Published : 29 Sep 2021 01:11 PM | Updated : 13 Feb 2022 03:43 PM

Employees and customers are the most critical components of a successful business. If there are no consumers, the business cannot function. However, who keeps these consumers delighted while they work all day? They are the employees who work tirelessly around the clock to improve the product or service so that it reaches the end-user.

Every successful business relies on the efforts of deserving employees. Employees are required at all levels of management to make strategic decisions and to understand the repercussions of those strategic decisions. They are compensated handsomely for their efforts to help the company thrive in the future.

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These highest-paid employees are typically in managerial positions, as they have extensive experience in their industry and have an in-depth understanding of the company and its competitors. In this article, we'll examine 10 of the individuals who earn the highest salaries in the globe in 2021.

Top 10 highest-paid employees in the world 2021

1. Dara Khosrowshahi

Dara Khosrowshahi is the world's highest-paid employee. Since 2005, he has served as Expedia's Chief Executive Officer. His leadership has benefited the corporation, which has expanded to over 60 nations worldwide. As an Iranian executive, he has ascended to the top of the list of highest compensated employees. 

From his $94.6 million earnings, he earned $10,00,000 in basic income, $27,50,000 in bonus, and $90,845,602 in stock awards. According to his salary, Dara is well compensated for his stock options. He has been on the list of highest-paid employees for an extended period.

2. Leslie Moonves

Leslie is the Chairman of CBS Corporation. She is the highest-paid employee at CBS and the second-highest-paid employee in the world. Leslie has spent the majority of his career in executive positions and was for many years the highest-paid CEO. His aim of making CBS the largest television network has been realized, and the network is now streaming the network's top programming. 

As CEO, he is constantly concerned about the series' ratings and audience. Leslie's compensation jumped by 22% from $56.8 million in 2015 to $69.9 million in 2016. His compensation includes a $ 32 million cash incentive and a $31.9 million stock and option grant.

3. Philippe P Dauman

Philippe Dauman, the former President and CEO of Viacom, had a pretty prosperous 2016 with sizable earnings in his bank accounts. He was unable to retain his position at Viacom but reaped enormous benefits as a result. His departure from Viacom was characterized as an ad hoc dismissal. 

In 2015, his compensation was $54 million. In 2016, he earned $93 million in compensation, including $3.6 million in basic pay, $31 million in stock and option awards, and non-equity prizes. According to the conditions, he received $54.8 million in termination benefits. The corporation gained notoriety for publicly slamming their highest-paid employee, but the reason for this was unknown.

4. Leonard S Schleifer

According to Forbes, Dr Leonard Schliefer, owner and founder of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, is one of the leading biopharmaceutical executives. Since the company's establishment in 1998, its share price has increased by over 220%. Leonard is a pharmaceutical entrepreneur who invented Eylea, a medicine used to treat macular degeneration. 

It has been stated that Eylea medicine has generated over 5 billion dollars in sales worldwide so far. Leonard is reported to have fulfilled his father's desire of pursuing a career in medicine, while he was unable to do so due to family obligations. Regeneron Company has stated that it will deliver new medications for asthma, cholesterol, and arthritis, which has aided in the company's rapid growth.

5. Robert A Iger

Robert Iger, the CEO of Walt Disney, leads the world's most beloved and largest media company. The CEO is believed to be a strong steward who boosted the brand value of Disney by acquiring three media companies -- Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel Studios. Robert is stated to be guided by three fundamental principles -- creating creative content, fostering innovation through the use of cutting-edge technology, and expanding creative content globally.

While the value of Disney has increased, Robert's annual profits have decreased from $44.9 million in 2015 to $43.9 million in 2016. His base income is $2.5 million, but he earns $20 million in incentives and $17.2 million in stock and options.

6. Mark V Hurd

Mark joined Oracle in 2010 as a co-vice president alongside Safra a Catz. He currently serves as Co-CEO and Director of Oracle. He was chosen primarily based on his experience and performance at HP throughout the years, to provide further value to the firm. 

He has over 30 years of industrial experience, which has taught him the ins and outs of the sector, as well as its potential. He works tirelessly to improve the company's efficiency through effective management and ongoing innovation. His base income is $9,50,000, while his other compensation totals roughly $41 million per year.

7. Safra A Catz

Safra is the highest-paid female employee in the United States and is the Co-CEO of Oracle, a prominent firm. Safra has ascended the ladder of success over her seventeen-year tenure with Oracle. Safra joined the company in 1999 as a Senior Vice President and is now the Co-CEO. She is accountable for the financial, legal, and manufacturing activities of the organization. 

Safra received the deal following her appointment as Co-COO in 2015, which included a base salary of $1 million and $10.5 million in special equity. Safra is a more aggressive employee who is well-known for her aggressive approach to company decisions, which includes the acquisition of 85 companies in less than a decade.

8. Frank J. Bisignano

Frank is the CEO of First Data Corporation. He is an intellectual visionary who transformed the firm via the use of innovative technology, enabling the company to offer a new range of products and services to its clients. He formerly worked for JP Morgan Chase as a co-chief operating officer and president of mortgage banking. 

The first move following his admission into the company was equity ownership, which converted the company's 23,000 employees into shareholders. Due to his abilities, the company saw a significant turnaround, which was also noted by the Wall Street Journal. Frank has been able to make various strategic decisions and oversee their execution for the company's growth in his four years with the company.

9. Sandeep Mathrani

Sandeep Mathrani, Director and CEO of General Growth Properties, has noticed a decline in his earnings from last year to this year. While his bonus was doubled, his income is believed to have decreased from $39.2 million to $12.7 million. Sandeep joined GGP in 2011 during the company's bankruptcy reorganization. 

He refocused the real estate and resurrected the company in a short period of time. Sandeep served as president of Vornadi realty from 2002 to 2011. Prior to becoming the company's Director and CEO, he served as president of Vornadi realty. Sandeep is a seasoned real estate professional with over two decades of experience in the field.

10. Howard M Lorber

Howard has been with Vector for numerous years and is currently the President and CEO. He is an astute investor and entrepreneur based in the United States. Howard is rumored to own a 50% stake in New York's largest real estate firm, Douglas Elliman. According to statistics, Howard's overall earnings increased by about 40% in 2016.

His profits were reported to be $42 million in 2015, increasing by approximately $30 million in 2016. Howard signed a seven-year deal with Vector to remain in his current role for another seven years. Additionally, the transaction contained $1.2 million in restructured stock. According to his base compensation of $3.1 million, which will increase annually, he is entitled to benefits such as a company car and driver, $90,000 in accommodation expenses, and two club memberships. In addition to these positions, he serves as executive chairman of a hot dog company and as a director of Morgan Hotels.

All of the personnel listed above are well-known executives and notable business figures in their respective fields. They are highly informed about industry trends and use their knowledge to drive the company's growth and development. Companies have been able to expand their domains to various other countries under their pure leadership, hence raising their share price and corporate growth day by day. They serve as an example to their members, inspiring them to carry on their legacy and operate the business with their own vision and ingenuity.

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