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Pay Check


Compare the earnings of CEOs from the FTSE 100 and top-20 global brands, as well as the heads of state and government from OECD countries. As an example, the table below shows that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s most recent pay package was worth £36,482,047 – more than any other CEO of a top-20 global brand.

#Name / RoleCompanyPay
1Satya NadellaMicrosoft (USA)42,910,215
2Sundar PichaiGoogle (Alphabet) (USA)42,000,000
3Chuck RobbinsCisco (USA)25,829,833
4Mark ZuckerbergFacebook (USA)22,554,543
5Bob ChapekDisney (USA)22,500,000
6John DonahoeNike (USA)18,500,000
7Virgina RomettyIBM (USA)17,552,218
8Bob SwanIntel (USA)16,706,700
9James QuinceyCoca Cola (USA)16,132,480
10Stephen EasterbrookMcDonalds (USA)15,876,116
11Larry CulpGeneral Electric (USA)15,398,827
12Tim CookApple (USA)11,555,466
13Oliver ZipseBMW (Germany)5,322,845
14Ola KälleniusMercedes (Germany)3,820,214
15Kinam KimSamsung (South Korea)3,598,005
16Bernard ArnaultLouis Vuitton (France)3,597,376
17Akio ToyodaToyota (Japan)3,559,165
18Jennifer MorganSAP (Germany)2,135,852
19Christian KleinSAP (Germany)2,006,669
20Jeff BezosAmazon (USA)1,681,840
21Larry EllisonOracle (USA)1,662,828

* Pay refers to total remuneration, which can include bonuses, stock options, pension contributions and other benefits. The CEOs included here head up Interbrand’s top-20 global brands (there are 21 CEOs in this list because Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein are joint CEOs of SAP). Figures were converted from native currencies to GBP, EUR and USD using forex rates at close on 18 March 2020. You can see the full research methodology for Pay Check here.

CEO and world leader pay: fast facts

  • Microsoft’s Satya Nadella is the highest paid top-20 global brand CEO, with total remuneration of £36,482,047
  • Oracle’s Larry Ellison is the lowest paid top-20 global brand CEO, with total remuneration of £1,413,728
  • The average total remuneration for a top-20 global brand CEO is £11,129,505 (€12,078,938 or $13,090,533)



This research enables you to compare the pay of CEOs from the FTSE 100 and top-20 global brands (according to Interbrand), as well as OECD heads of state and government. The term ‘pay’ has been used as a general term for the income that these individuals receive for their stated role, which may include a base salary, public grants, bonuses, stock options, pension contributions, and/or other forms of remuneration. CEO pay refers to total remuneration, rather than base salary. Where applicable, figures were converted to GBP, USD and EUR using forex rates at close on 18 March 2020. A full list of sources for the quoted data, including GDP and average salary figures, is available to download here.

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IG is an award-winning, multi-platform trading company, the world’s No.1 provider of spread betting and CFD trading,1 and a global leader in forex. It provides leveraged trading products with negative balance protection,2 and an execution-only share dealing service. A range of affordable, fully managed investment portfolios completes IG’s comprehensive offering.,The company is a member of the FTSE 250, and has offices across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. It also offers on-exchange limited risk derivatives via the Nadex brand in the US.,1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018); for forex based on number of primary relationships with FX traders (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released August 2018).,2 Does not apply to professional traders.