Paycheck of Top-Paid CEO in US: $102.2M

Honors go to First Data Corp.'s Frank Bisignano of Ga.; other states' CEOs do well, too
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 25, 2018 10:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Les Moonves made $68.4 million in 2017 as the CEO of CBS, but New York didn't claim the highest-paid CEO in the country last year—Georgia did, with First Data's Frank J. Bisignano bringing in a $102.2 million paycheck. The AP and Equilar, an executive data firm, conducted a survey to determine the top-paid CEOs by state for 2017, considering only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state had a publicly traded company headquartered there that was large enough to be included. The survey includes only CEOs who've been in place for at least two years. To calculate CEO pay, Equilar adds salary, bonus, stock awards, stock option awards, deferred compensation, and other components that include benefits and perks. Here, the highest-paid CEOs for each included state, along with what they made last year:

  • Alabama: OB Grayson Hall Jr., Regions Financial; $9.4 million
  • Arkansas: C. Douglas McMillon, Walmart; $22.8 million
  • Arizona: Richard C. Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan; $16.2 million
  • California: Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment; $70.6 million
  • Colorado: Gregory B. Maffei, Liberty Media & Qurate Retail Group; $67.6 million
  • Connecticut: Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna; $18.7 million
  • Washington, DC: Thomas P. Joyce, Danaher; $14.8 million
  • Delaware: Herve Hoppenot, Incyte; $16.1 million
  • Florida: Brian D. Jellison, Roper Technologies; $29.2 million
  • Georgia: Frank J. Bisignano, First Data; $102.2 million
  • Hawaii: Constance H. Lau, Hawaiian Electric Industries; $5.4 million
  • Iowa: Daniel J. Houston, Principal Financial Group; $9.4 million
  • Idaho: Thomas K. Corrick , Boise Cascade; $4.1 million

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