7 CEOs pulling in outsized paychecks

The typical CEO at an S&P 500 company makes 180 times more than an average employee does. Here are 7 who earn 1,200 to 2,500 times more.

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Jul 11, 2012 9:38AM

If funny how we vilify CEOs because they make 1,200 times more than their employees do. Why is it that no one has problem with athletes making several thousand times more than the ushers and concession workers? Or movie stars making millions for a few weeks of work, while their stunt people make a couple of thousand dollars getting their bones broken to make the star look good? Why can Kim Kardashian make millions saying look at me, I’m pretty while her staff makes peanuts? Athletes play a kids game, actors travel to exotic locations to be waited on hand and foot and Kim is famous for being famous and that’s ok? The CEOs that make millions put in long hours making sure the company is profitable so the company can stay in business. If they do a bad job, they are out of business. Thousands of workers would lose the jobs and many thousands more would loose their 401k investments. If an athlete playing a kids game does a bad job, they lose the game. When an actor does a bad job, it’s a lousy movie. When Kim does a bad job, she doesn’t get her picture taken.  I am not saying that all CEOs are worth the money, but compared athletes, actors and other celebrities, CEOs earn their money. If you are still mad about how money CEOs make, be intellectually honest and be angry what athletes, actors and celebrities make.

Jul 11, 2012 11:40AM
The people are being robbed and anyone who thinks otherwise is deceiving themselves...no job is worth what these people are making and that money is coming from somewhere...you think you're doing okay now wait till they impoverish the people below...they'll be coming after you...where is this ridiculous income their amassing coming from??? and better yet where is it going to?  Not infrastructure, not the homeless, the hungry, the price of nothing is going down, the peoples pay is getting cut(just this month public employee pay in Scranton went to minimum wage...these companies are constantly trying to cut cost...why the h__l are things costing so much, when so many can't afford to pay...in the past when economics failed deflation set in...not with these greedy ....they'd rather let the fruit rot on the grocery store stands than lower the price...cbs new reported this morning that Wall Streeters were admitting they cheat...there's only one thing that can describe what happening in the economic world today these people through their bailouts, constant raising of prices and lowering of wages, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc....the masses are being robbed, and even bigger question is where is this taking us???our phones, computers, Facebook accounts etc etc are nothing more than tracking systems why, why, is all this happening???? BEWARE SOMETHING HORRIFIC IS GOING ON...AND THIS IS NO CONSPIRACY THEORY...and everytime someone questions it...their being haters or creating division or starting class warfare...whose wielding the weapon people?  (An american businessman's 31 Million dollar Ferrari was in an accident overseas)...One man's 31 million dollar car??? What kind of rich people are these???
Jul 11, 2012 4:07AM

So the real question is would all these CEOs have done the exact same job if they did not get paid as much? What else could they do, get a real job...LOL. Let me guess they are going to refuse to work and collect unemployment. Every time I watch undercover boss NONE of the bosses can ever do the work that their employees do.


I bet $ that these people would have done the EXACT same job for 100 times less then they were paid. Simple math says that when people make 1000 to 1 ratios only 0.1% of the population can make that on average for a length of time. It is hard to convince a bunch of donkeys to chase after carrots when they know they will never ever get a carrot.

Jul 11, 2012 10:20AM
Unbelievable, is all I have to say!!
'White collar' GREED.  These folks have no shame and are a large part of the reason this Country is so screwed up.  It's not right!  I don't see how these folks sleep at night knowing what they have done to the 99% group.  Pay back time should be coming.  The various Boards of Directors that approved these unjustified and unwarranted rips offs should all be FIRED.  Corporate America  needs to come back down to earth and stop the insanity of Executive excessive compensation.  None of them are worth 1200 times the average salaries of their workers.  This should be shameful to all connected to this Corporate Greed.  There is more to life than the almighty dollar.  Fairness is needed today.
Jul 11, 2012 10:46AM
Then I think it would be reasonable for them to be charged 1200 to 2500 times the going rate for services. There tips should be 20% X 2000 for instance.  Anothe example if they call a plumber to their home they should pay him the going rate per hour which is 50.00 X 2500 = 125,000.00 per hour.  Simple its CEO Rates.  Its what they think is fair and good for themselves so I'm sure they are not hypocrits who would think they are worth more or more important than say being able to take a $hit and flush the commode.  It they don't want to pay these prices I say the Waiter should spit in their food while they are watching or the Plumber should refuse them service and let them find a place on their estate to dig a nice out house hole.  But they would be charged Minimum wage X 2500 to dig the hole and build the out house because these people can't take both hands and stick their thumbs up their a$$e$.  Get my point, deny them services unless they pay in their CEO Rates.  Would be interesting and fun.  By the way all their employees should resign if they didn't get raises to these rates.  Let the CEO run it all.
Jul 11, 2012 10:52AM
This happens in america in 2012 can't be. We created a society we can't afford. No wonder we are broke.
Jul 11, 2012 11:26AM
not crazy about giving these huge disproportionate  saleries. Give me one year of this and my retirement is set for life. Maybe less of these obscene saleries would mean cheaper costs at the purchasing level? I am retired, live on a small pension and in my life have seen too many horror stories of companies losing profits which anger stock holders which get rid of ceo-not fire, buy out- hire another at more money and then cut benefits and retirement on the working people...but I guess that is where we're at now, profit above everything(Bain Capital)
Jul 11, 2012 7:49AM
its people like him that are the problem with ss benefits. all that fraudulent billing was probably to ss for medication payments. he should be striped of his bank accounts to bay back the fraud. where can I get a CEO job?
Jul 11, 2012 12:15PM
Yawn.  Another recycled article on MSN's Money section.  Tell us MSN, did you fire most of the employees in the Money department?  Where's the liberal outrage over that?  After all, the CEO at MSN(BC) makes millions.
Jul 11, 2012 9:49AM
If you want to make a large statement about how you feel about these CEOs making a ton of money off of us; then don't pay your credit card bills, loans, mortgages, or hospital bills. If everyone would do this in response to the CEOs taking advantage of us; they will learn real quick what happens when their money supply is cutoff.
Jul 11, 2012 9:47AM
I hope they get some incurable disease from which their money can't save them.
Jul 11, 2012 12:26PM


Small businesses take ALL of the risk and for that the owners should be rewarded not penalized.

Employees are an important part of my engine, however I know they could care less if I make money as long as they get their paycheck. For that mind set they are not worthy of anything more than a fair days wages for a fair days work...Isn't that the labor unions creedo anyway?

When they stay up nights wondering where the next customer is coming from, or how to make payroll or pay the bills then they are worth more to me and most CEO's  than the average worker that want's more but isn't willing to do anything about it.  Please America STOP WHINING about not having enough and get back to work!  Bill Marriott once said - paraphrased..."Unless you get an inheritance or win the lottery, no one ever got rich by sitting on their butt!"

Jul 11, 2012 12:05PM
Okay for those who are rich are think they're about to be...tell a physically healthy person to get creative and go find a job....what do you say to the blind, the lame and the mentally disabled...how are they going to survive this wave of greed that has no stop sign...maybe it's not a democratic or a republican issue...some say because they're in the pockets of the rich, and that it's a wall street/banker problem...it's a moral problem, these people are high on their money and destroying the whole world...makes me want spit. Right is right and wrong is wrong...if all the people whose tax dollars and labor they're stealing didn't show up to work, buy, or pay their taxes...what would they be worth.
Jul 11, 2012 12:54PM
I had a close friend who owned his own business and to me he was a real  business man.  He owned a small retail shop and had two employees.  He and his wife also worked.  Through some bad economic times he told me his employees made more than he did.  But he didn't want to cut their pay because they depended on it and he depended on them they were good workers.  I wonder how many of these fat bazturdz ever stopped short of laying people off for the bottom line because they were loyal and good workers.  I wonder how many of these fat bazturdz ever refused raises or bonuses because the business was not performing well. 
Jul 11, 2012 1:01PM


Jul 11, 2012 12:50PM
We live in a Society where It is SHOWTIME on TV and the MEDIA OUTLETS! They show us all these NUMB-NUTS that have NO MORALS and ETHICS in SOCIETY.

Jul 11, 2012 12:55PM
It is so IRONIC that ONlY in America can this happen. All other Countries have some POLICIES that TAX THE HELL out of these NUMB-NUTS. Methods that BALANCE the society not make it ONE WAY!!   HERE it is CAPITAL COMMUNISM !!!
Jul 11, 2012 1:02PM

Let me see if I understand,   When a corporate executive who directs the operation of a large or even multi-nation business makes a 7 or 8 figure income, there is something wrong with "the system, but when an 18 yr old fastball pitcher lands a $100,000,000.00 contract, its HOORAY?

Get a clue people!!

Jul 11, 2012 12:33PM
Translation the world has been invaded by self-serving, arrogant...LABOR THIEVES.
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