Surprised by Sundar Pichai’s $200 million compensation? Here are salaries of CEOs of 5 top tech companies

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Updated: April 29, 2017 8:25 PM

Google' Chief Executive Officer, the Indian-born Sundar Pichai, received a compensation of about $200 million in 2016.

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Google’ Chief Executive Officer, the Indian-born Sundar Pichai, received a compensation of about $200 million in 2016. The amount is twice of what he had received in 2015. This compensation was granted to Pichai as a token of the successful product launches under his leadership at Google. His salary, however, had seen a slight drop last year. In 2016, he had received a salary of $650,000, which is a little less in comparison to the $652,500 he had received in 2015. Although, the long time employee of arguably the most popular tech company in the world, Pichai received a stock award of $198.7 million in 2016, which is the double of what he had received in 2015- $99.8 million. According to CNN, the high-value compensation was attributed by Gooogle to the numerous successful product launches under Pichai’s leadership

Here are the salaries of 5 of the top tech CEOs in the world:

Satya Nadella (Microsoft)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Reuters)

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, who also happens to be Indian born, received a package of $18 million in 2016. Although Nadella saw the compensation go down by 3.3% to $17.7 million in the latest fiscal year, that ended on June 30.

Tim Cook (Apple)

According to IE, Tim Cook is reported to have received a salary of about $8 million in 2016. Cook had joined Apple in 1998 as senior vice president of the company and then served a the Executive Vice President of worldwide sales and operations, before taking over as the 7th Chief Executive Officer of Apple.

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

Mark Zuckerberg (Reuters)

According to IE, Mark Zuckerberg is the 5th richest person on the globe. Since he is the founder and the owner of the company, he voluntarily takes a salary of $1 million per year. Zuckerberg’s journey to invent Facebook has been well documented. Zuckerberg had started Facebook on February 4, 2004, from Harvard University with his friends, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. Facebook’s tendency to be viral was noticed when the social media website reached 1 million years by 2012.

Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

Jack Dorsey (Reuters)

Dorsey replaced Dick Costolo to become the new CEO of Twitter in 2015. Although he does not take any salary from the company, as Twitter had been struggling when he had joined, he receives personal and residential security costs of about $68, 506.

Elon Musk (Tesla)

Elon Musk (Reuters)


Musk’s salary is about $40,000, making him the among the lowest paid tech CEOs in the world. Elon Musk is the 80th richest person in the world. According to Forbes magazine, Musk was also one of the 21 most powerful people in the world.

While we can gasp in awe of the salaries these men draw for their services, it must be remembered that they help in the invention of new technologies that make our lives easier, May it be Facebook or Twitter helping in the growth and reach to news to the common folk or Elon Musk’s Tesla making groundbreaking advancement in space technologies, or Google coming up with new smartphones and headsets and a voice controlled smart speaker, they all make our lives much easier and take us forward in the field of scientific development.

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