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Swiss Voters Dump Plan to Ax Executive Pay

Salaries would have been capped at 12 times lowest

(Newser) - A measure that would have ensured bosses didn't make more in a month than their lowest-paid workers made in a year has been voted down in Switzerland. The 1:12 Initiative for Fair Pay, which would have capped executive salaries at 12 times that of their lowest-paid employee, was... More »

Lenovo CEO to 10K Workers: Take My Bonus

Lenovo's Yang Yuanqing hands out $3M

(Newser) - Lenovo's CEO has decided to hand over a hefty chunk of his annual bonus to the workers who helped make the Chinese company the world's biggest personal computer maker, the firm says. For the second year in a row, Yang Yuanqing is sharing more than $3 million with... More »

Banks Reel In Execs' 200% Bonus Limit to ... 150%

PNC, Capital One among 7 major banks taking action

(Newser) - Fearing too much risk-taking, the Federal Reserve has been calling on banks to cut down on the bonuses execs can get for blowing past their financial targets—and some top banks are following through. PNC, Capital One, Discover, and four other major financial firms are doing just that, the Wall ... More »

Yahoo Gave Marissa Mayer $1.1M Bonus After 6 Months

Plus restricted stock worth $13.3M

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer got a pretty sweet six-month anniversary gift from Yahoo: She spent just half of 2012 as CEO, and got a $1.12 million cash bonus for her troubles, CNNMoney reports. She also received restricted stock worth $13.3 million, according to company filings. This year Mayer, who started... More »

JPMorgan Might Dock Dimon's Bonus Over 'Whale'

He will likely no longer be top-paid banking executive as a result

(Newser) - He probably won't win a lot of sympathy for this, but it looks like JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon is going to lose bragging rights of being the nation's highest-paid banking exec. The board is expected to dock Dimon's 2012 bonus because of the disastrous "London whale"... More »

Hostess to Dole Out Up to $1.75M in Exec Bonuses

Says incentive pay will help it retain necessary personnel

(Newser) - Hostess executives are in for a sweet finish: A federal bankruptcy judge yesterday gave the company the OK to hand out as much as $1.75 million in bonuses to 19 corporate officers and high-level managers. The bonuses are intended to serve as a carrot to keep these employees with... More »

Number of CEOs Making $50M+ Climbs

May have been higher than ever last year

(Newser) - Two more executives last year joined what USA Today calls the "$50 Million Club," the group of executives who—you guessed it—make $50 million or more per year. Annual proxy statements filed this week show that compensation for Occidental Petroleum's Ray Irani was valued at $80.... More »

MF Global Execs to Still Get Bonuses

COO, CFO, and general counsel stuck around to help trustee

(Newser) - MF Global may have gone down in a ball of flames, but its chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and general counsel are all likely to get six-figure performance-based bonuses anyway, the Wall Street Journal reports. All three execs stuck around after the crash to help trustee Louis Freeh deal... More »

Inside Bankers' 'Malaise' Over Slashed Bonuses

Wall Street workers finding it difficult to get by, or so they say

(Newser) - Wall Street bankers received smaller bonuses this month, and it is really hard for them. If you're having trouble dredging up any sympathy, perhaps that's because you just don't understand what it's like to be in the 1%: "People who don’t have money don’... More »

Hey, Wall Street: Shut Up About Bonuses

Matt Taibbi says bankers are still overpaid

(Newser) - Matt Taibbi was incredulous when he read a recent New York piece in which Wall Street denizens whined that Dodd-Frank was limiting their bonuses. "I watch what I spend," one banker lamented, "but my girlfriend likes to eat good food," which adds up fast. "Quelle ... More »

Terminated CEO Waives $100M Payout

Eugene Isenberg would have donated severance pay to charity

(Newser) - Eugene Isenberg probably managed to sidestep some of the ire of the 99% with this decision: The former CEO of Nabors Industries agreed to waive his $100 million termination payment when he was replaced as chief executive. Isenberg, who will be kept on as chairman, "certainly didn't need... More »

Feds to Charge Crooked Bond Traders

Ex-Credit Suisse traders accused of bonus-boosting fraud

(Newser) - Looks like it's payback week: Federal prosecutors are planning to file fraud charges against four former Credit Suisse traders accused of overstating the value of mortgage securities in order to boost their bonuses, the Wall Street Journal reports. The alleged fraud happened in early 2008 as problems with complex... More »

Under Pressure, Bank CEO Waives $1.5M Bonus

Royal Bank of Scotland's Stephen Hester caves amid controversy

(Newser) - The chief of Britain's second-largest bank declined his $1.5 million bonus yesterday, hours after opposition lawmakers vowed to put it to a vote, reports the Scotsman . The bank's board argued that Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Stephen Hester's bonus was reasonable, especially since his base pay... More »

Wall Street Bonuses to Plummet

Falling revenues behind expected 40% plunge

(Newser) - The latest news from Wall Street is likely to leave most ordinary Americans dry-eyed. Year-end bonuses for bankers and traders are expected to be down sharply this year, plunging up to 40% to their lowest level since the financial crisis, according to a closely watched industry forecast. A bond trader... More »

Swallow This: Executive Pay Jumped 23% in 2010

The median pay was $10.8M

(Newser) - We know CEOs have it good ... but this good? The New York Times had executive pay data firm Equilar analyze bigwigs' 2010 compensation, and what Equilar found wasn't just a gain. It was a big, big gain: a 23% boost over 2009, with the median pay for chief executives... More »

Transocean Execs Land Fat Safety Bonuses

Company had 'best year in safety performance'

(Newser) - That minor explosion that killed 11 people and dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico aside, it seems Transocean had a banner year in terms of safety. And to celebrate the "best year in safety performance in our company's history"—despite noting the "... More »

CEO Bonuses Shoot Up 30.5%

Some shareholders express disapproval

(Newser) - So far, it’s looking like 2010 was a banner year for CEOs. An analysis of disclosures released by 50 major corporations reveals that the median CEO bonus jumped 30.5%, the Wall Street Journal reports, significantly outpacing the companies’ 19.4% median net income growth. Some of the biggest... More »

Wall Street May Dish Out Bonuses Early to Avoid Taxes

Executives could lose tens of thousands if paid early next year

(Newser) - Wall Street is worried: If Congress fails to extend the Bush tax cuts for the nation’s highest earners, then any bonuses paid early next year—the normal time frame—will cost a typical worker an extra $40,000 to $50,000 in taxes on a $1 million bonus. So... More »

Health Insurance Execs Cash In, Jack Premiums

Those heading 5 biggest companies took home $200M

(Newser) - As their companies slammed policyholders with double-digit rate increases, top executives at the nation's five largest insurance companies gave themselves hefty raises last year, pulling in a total of almost $200 million. Of the heads of Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, and Aetna, only one took a paycut—Aetna's CEO... More »

Wall Street Hiring Jumps

Bonuses back in fashion as firms lure execs

(Newser) - Happy days are here again for Wall Street workers. The big banks have gone on a hiring spree over the last few months and competition for the best execs is heating up, sending salaries upwards and spurring firms to start offering perks and hefty bonuses again, Bloomberg reports. Recruiters say... More »

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