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Pay Check

Pay / average salary

See how the pay packets of world leaders and CEOs compare to the average salaries in their respective countries. As an example, the table below shows that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earns 680.11 times the average US worker’s salary.

#Name / RoleCompanyAverage SalaryPay / Average Salary
1Satya NadellaMicrosoft (USA)63,093680.11
2Sundar PichaiGoogle (Alphabet) (USA)63,093665.68
3Chuck RobbinsCisco (USA)63,093409.39
4Mark ZuckerbergFacebook (USA)63,093357.48
5Bob ChapekDisney (USA)63,093356.62
6John DonahoeNike (USA)63,093293.22
7Virgina RomettyIBM (USA)63,093278.2
8Bob SwanIntel (USA)63,093264.79
9James QuinceyCoca Cola (USA)63,093255.69
10Stephen EasterbrookMcDonalds (USA)63,093251.63
11Larry CulpGeneral Electric (USA)63,093244.07
12Tim CookApple (USA)63,093183.15
13Oliver ZipseBMW (Germany)49,813106.86
14Kinam KimSamsung (South Korea)39,47291.15
15Akio ToyodaToyota (Japan)40,57387.72
16Bernard ArnaultLouis Vuitton (France)44,51080.82
17Ola KälleniusMercedes (Germany)49,81376.69
18Jennifer MorganSAP (Germany)49,81342.88
19Christian KleinSAP (Germany)49,81340.28
20Jeff BezosAmazon (USA)63,09326.66
21Larry EllisonOracle (USA)63,09326.36

* 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 vs average salaries: fast facts

  • Microsoft’s Satya Nadella earns 680.11 times the US average salary – the highest multiplier of any top-20 global brand CEO
  • Oracle’s Larry Ellison has the lowest multiplier of any top-20 global brand CEO, earning 26.36 times the US average salary
  • The average top-20 global brand CEO earns 214.00 times more than the average worker in their country



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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