Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was the highest paid public CEO in the United States for 2012.
The social network founder took home nearly $2.3 billion. Based on those numbers, Zuckerberg made more than twice that of the next highest paid CEO.
Zuckerberg and other CEO pay was ranked by GMI Ratings which analyzed compensation for more than 2,000 CEOs of publicly traded companies.
Mark Zuckerberg’s massive compensation was the work of Facebook’s IPO. Zuckerberg exercised his right to 60 million stock options on the day Facebook went public.
In 2012 Zuckerberg took a base salary of $500,000. In 2013 he changed his salary to $1. That means he makes less than a McDonald’s worker, well minus the billions of dollars he could cash in at any time.
In comparison the next highest paid CEO was Richard Kinder of Kinder Morgan. He earned $1.1 billion.
Tech CEO Tim Cook of Apple, Inc, took home a measly $143 million.