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Meet the highest paid tech CEOs

Larry Ellison often topped our tallies of the highest paid tech CEOs. Ellison gave up the Oracle CEO job in 2014, and now his successors – who made $53 million apiece last year – share the distinction of highest paid tech CEO. See who else made the top 20.

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mark hurd

Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle

Oracle’s co-chief executive received a 41% raise in 2015, driving the value of his pay package to $53.2 million. Nearly all of Hurd’s compensation came in the form of stock and option awards valued at $52.3 million.

Salary: $950,000
Stock awards: $27,625,625
Option awards: $24,647,250
Perks and other compensation: $22,253
2015 TOTAL PAY$53,245,128

safra catz

Safra Catz, CEO, Oracle

Like her co-CEO, Catz received a $53.2 million pay package – up 41% from $37.7 million in 2014 – that consists nearly entirely of stock and option awards (with the exception of a $950,000 salary and miscellaneous perks.)

Salary: $950,000
Stock awards: $27,625,625
Option awards: $24,647,250
Perks and other compensation: $20,795
2015 TOTAL PAY$53,243,670

brian roberts

Brian Roberts, CEO, president and chairman, Comcast

Roberts received both the highest salary ($2.9 million) and the largest cash bonus ($9.8 million) among the pay packages examined. His total pay, valued at $36.2 million, was up 10% compared to 2014, when he received $33 million.

Salary: $2,928,748
Bonus: $9,752,731
Stock awards: $5,350,500
Option awards: $5,350,302
Deferred compensation earnings: $8,727,525
Perks and other compensation: $4,138,463
2015 TOTAL PAY$36,248,269

marissa mayer

Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo

Despite a $6 million pay cut, Mayer still managed to rank among the highest paid tech CEOs in the U.S. The top exec at Yahoo received a pay package valued at $36 million in 2015, down 15% from $42.1 million a year earlier. Just 3% of Mayer’s 2015 compensation came in the form of cash; the bulk of her package is tied to stock and option awards.

Salary: $1,000,000
Bonus: $1,125
Stock awards: $14,495,494
Option awards: $19,935,777
Perks and other compensation: $548,711
2015 TOTAL PAY$35,981,107

marc benioff

Marc Benioff, CEO and chairman, Salesforce.com

Benioff’s $33.4 million pay package was down 16% from his 2014 package, which was valued at $39.9 million. A $7 million swing in the value of equity awards accounts for the difference.

Salary: $1,550,000
Bonus: $3,100,000
Stock awards: $17,455,952
Option awards: $9,807,069
Perks and other compensation: $1,449,882
2015 TOTAL PAY$33,362,903

randall stephenson

Randall Stephenson, CEO, president and chairman, AT&T

A 5% raise brought Stephenson’s compensation to $25.1 million last year (up from $24 million in 2014). Twenty-nine percent of his pay came in the form of cash, including his $1.7 million salary and $5.5 million bonus.

Salary: $1,741,667
Bonus: $5,500,000
Stock awards: $14,623,014
Change in pension value and nonqualified deferred compensation earnings: $2,728,138
Perks and other compensation: $553,095
2015 TOTAL PAY$25,145,914

virginia rometty

Virginia Rometty, CEO, president and chairman, IBM

A $4.5 million performance-based bonus helped push Rometty’s 2015 pay package to $19.8 million – a gain of 2% compared to a year earlier, when her compensation was valued at $19.3 million.

Salary: $1,550,000
Bonus: $4,500,000
Stock awards: $12,905,329
Perks and other compensation: $866,621
2015 TOTAL PAY$19,821,950

john chambers

John Chambers, executive chairman and former CEO, Cisco

Chambers stepped down as CEO and chairman in July of 2015. Meanwhile, his pay package climbed 19% last year, up from $16.5 million in 2014, and included a $4 million performance-based bonus.

Salary: $1,100,000
Bonus: $4,000,000
Stock awards: $14,509,424
Perks and other compensation: $11,700
2015 TOTAL PAY$19,621,124

shantanu narayen

Shantanu Narayen, CEO and president, Adobe

Narayen’s pay package grew 3% last year, climbing to $18.4 million (up from $17.9 million in 2014).

Salary: $995,404
Bonus: $1,418,450
Stock awards: $15,851,410
Perks and other compensation: $91,922
2015 TOTAL PAY$18,357,186

lowell mcadam

Lowell McAdam, CEO and chairman, Verizon

Stock awards made up two-thirds of McAdam’s 2015 pay package, valued at $18.3 million. He received a nearly identical pay package a year prior.

Salary: $1,661,538
Bonus: $4,000,000
Stock awards: $12,000,065
Change in pension value: $83,092
Perks and other compensation: $598,965
2015 TOTAL PAY$18,343,660

satya nadella

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Nadella’s pay spiked to $84.3 million in 2014, the year he was named Microsoft CEO. Last year, his compensation went the other direction, declining 78% to $18.3 million. Thirty percent of his 2015 pay came in the form of cash, including his $1.2 million salary and $4.3 million bonus.

Salary: $1,200,000
Bonus: $4,320,000
Stock awards: $12,761,263
Perks and other compensation: $13,007
2015 TOTAL PAY$18,294,270

gary dickerson

Gary Dickerson, CEO and president, Applied Materials

The value of Dickerson’s pay package climbed 10% in 2015. One reason for the gains was Dickerson's perks, which included a $3.2 million payment for “tax equalization” as part of the company’s relocation program.

Salary: $995,385
Bonus: $2,090,000
Stock awards: $10,818,374
Perks and other compensation: $4,189,049
2015 TOTAL PAY$18,092,808

meg whitman

Meg Whitman, CEO and president, HP Enterprise

Whitman’s 2015 pay package was valued at $17.1 million, a decline of 13% compared to $19.6 million in 2013.

Salary: $1,500,058
Bonus: $2,453,262
Stock awards: $7,771,200
Option awards: $5,113,585
Perks and other compensation: $297,441
2015 TOTAL PAY$17,135,546

jim whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst, CEO and president, Red Hat

Whitehurst’s $16.7 million pay package is more than double the $6.7 million he received in 2014. An $8.8 million swing in the value of stock awards accounted for the difference.

Salary: $900,000
Bonus: $2,282,711
Stock awards: $13,528,096
Perks and other compensation: $10,713
2015 TOTAL PAY$16,721,520

thomas rutledge

Thomas Rutledge, CEO and president, Charter Communications

Rutledge received $16.4 million last year, a gain of 2% compared to $16.1 million a year earlier.

Salary: $2,000,000
Bonus: $4,156,600
Stock awards: $999,925
Option awards: $8,999,426
Perks and other compensation: $205,436
2015 TOTAL PAY$16,361,387

michael brown

Michael Brown, CEO and president, Symantec

Brown, who is stepping down as CEO once his successor is named, earned $16.3 million in 2015. Last year was the only full year at the helm of Symantec for Brown, who was named CEO in Sept. 2014.

Salary: $1,473,077
Bonus: $658,176
Stock awards: $14,177,180
Perks and other compensation: $22,000
2015 TOTAL PAY$16,330,433

brad smith

Brad Smith, CEO and president, Intuit

Smith received $16 million last year, a decline of 3% compared to $16.5 million a year earlier.

Salary: $1,000,000
Bonus: $1,456,500
Stock awards: $10,373,838
Option awards: $3,174,993
Perks and other compensation: $10,000
2015 TOTAL PAY$16,015,331

mark templeton

Mark Templeton, former CEO and president, Citrix

Templeton’s compensation doubled last year to $15.8 million, up from $7.9 million in 2014. Templeton, who spent 20 years with Citrix, announced plans to retire last July. His fiscal 2015 compensation package included a $4.3 million retention bonus.

Salary: $740,057
Bonus: $1,147,197
Stock awards: $8,781,788
Perks and other compensation: $5,175,727
2015 TOTAL PAY$15,844,769

mike lawrie

Mike Lawrie, CEO and president, CSC

Lawrie’s pay climbed 16% in 2014. His total compensation, valued at $15.5 million, was up from $13.3 million a year earlier.

Salary: $1,250,000
Bonus: $1,875,000
Stock awards: $8,614,596
Option awards: $3,262,979
Perks and other compensation: $451,305
2015 TOTAL PAY$15,453,880

rich templeton

Rich Templeton, CEO, president and chairman, Texas Instruments

Templeton received $14.9 million last year, a decline of 1% compared to $15 million a year earlier.

Salary: $1,140,250
Bonus: $3,653,877
Stock awards: $4,900,017
Option awards: $4,900,006
Change in pension value: $13,950
Perks and other compensation: $317,702
2015 TOTAL PAY$14,925,802