Does JPMorgan CEO deserve $20 million salary?
After a year of lawsuits, fines, and government probes, the bank is giving Jamie Dimon an enormous pay hike.
"This says everything" about Wall Street's priorities, said Linette Lopez at Business Insider.
After "a tumultuous year of embarrassing lawsuits," fines, and government probes, JPMorgan is giving CEO Jamie Dimon (pictured) a massive raise to $20 million for 2013.
Never mind the more than $20 billion in settlements the bank paid out last year, related to mortgage fraud, Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, market manipulation, and other scandals.
The JPMorgan board slashed Dimon's 2012 pay -- to $11.5 million -- when a London trader "blew a $6.2 billion hole in the bank's balance sheet by trading JPM's extra cash."
Then, the board's message seemed clear: "Mess with the bank's money, you're toast." Its departure from that line now "sends a worrying message about what really matters to Wall Street." Here's a hint: It's not the customers.
Dimon deserves every penny, said Francesco Guerrera at The Wall Street Journal. "Once the litigation costs are stripped out," JPMorgan fared pretty well in 2013. The bank insists that it inherited many of its troubles when it purchased Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns -- at the government's urging.
That doesn't let Dimon off the hook, of course: "Notwithstanding government pressure," it was ultimately his call "to buy those companies, legal liabilities and all."
Now Dimon will need to prove his worth anew, and shareholders and directors are expecting the bank to have "a much cleaner 2014, without outside noise overshadowing its results." It still has to convince investors that the board isn't, as one labor union representative put it, "prisoner to the cult of Jamie."
That, not the dollar figure, is "the important question," said Adam Hartung at Forbes. Dimon may be a "media darling," but his aggressive, "take no prisoners" reputation has set an unhealthy tone at JPMorgan.
The bank would clearly benefit from separating the roles of CEO and chairman, yet Dimon "has stopped this from happening." Employees, customers, and investors should take note, regardless of the bank's stock price. "That Dimon received such an undeserved raise simply points to much bigger problems in governance -- and raises questions about" the bank's future.
But how much is Jamie Dimon really worth? asked Matt Levine at Bloomberg. That is a "pretty profound" question for the board and stockholders, and far from an easy one. Fines and fraud settlements, after all, may just be "a cost of doing business as a global bank."
There's no simple way to compute the actual dollar value of what Dimon does. CEOs, unlike traders with gains or losses, rarely "generate a lot of individual statistics." Without objective metrics to measure an employee's value, boards "fall back on market comps."
And in that respect, Dimon's pay doesn't seem out of line. For top firms, the going rate is between $10 million and $30 million.
"Dimon got paid toward the bottom end of that range last year," Levine writes, so maybe "he was due for a raise to something more in the middle. Fines or no fines, the reasoning might be as simple as that."
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OK if the ******** cured all forms of cancer and perfected a process to produce endless energy from water for 10 cents a gallon, and then made every person on earth happy, healthy and wise, and he wrote and sang at least 10 sgt Peppers quality songs, then maybe. But for running a stupid government backed bank. Hell NO!
NO he isn’t worth that no one is and only an egotistical Moron would think for a minute that they are and what ever success they had to think that they did it on their own. He will be worth that when he runs everything in the company all by himself. Obviously he is a Republican.
Need we go on?
There is something wrong with our priorities. This guy is smart. and he runs a stressful business, and deserves a good pay day. Athletes (most) work hard, and do deserve good pay. But lets pay our Teachers, our Nurses, Health Care professionals, EMTs, Firefighters, and all first responers, and most of all, our Soldier better. (Doctors seem to do OK as is) but the others need to be paid more.
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