For most of us, wealth determines the success of a person. There are a lot of people who managed to gain incredible wealth with their dedication, perseverance and hard work. They have been a constant source of inspiration for others who also aim to achieve their status. Though these people have varied recipes for their success, they have one thing in common and it is their love for their work and their continuous effort to excel and be better. Below is a list of people with the highest salaries in the world.
10. Safra A. Catz
Safra Catz is an American businesswoman. Starting in April 2011, she is the Chief Financial Officer and Co-president of Oracle Corporation where she reports to the founder Larry Ellison. She earned her degree at the University of Pennsylvania in the year 1983. She was known for driving the efforts to acquire PeopleSoft which is their rival. She was considered the 12th most powerful businesswoman by Fortune and ranked 16th by Forbes in 2009. She had a total compensation of $51,695,742 in 2011.
9. Mark V. Hurd
Mark Hurd is a director, co-president and board member of Oracle. He was also the past chairman and president of Hewlett-Packard. He is also a member of an elite council of professionals in IT companies. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Baylor University. In the year 2008 his total compensation was $33,952,237 and in the year 2011 it went up to $51,697,623. This successful person believes in the concept of “pay for performance”.
8. David M. Zaslav
Since January 2007, he was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Discovery Communications. He was the previous executive of NBC Universal. David Zaslav earned his degree at Binghamton University and also graduated from Boston University School of Law with honors. His first profession was an attorney in New York. He played an important part in the founding of CNBC and MSNBC. His total compensation for 2011 was $52,404,119.
7. Eduardo H. Cue
Since September 2011, Eduardo Cue is the Senior Vice President of Apple, Inc. He oversees content stores of Apple like the iBook store, iTunes Store and the revolutionary App Store. He is among the veterans of Apple and is a leader of many amazing people in the company. He contributed a lot in the milestones of the company like the online store of Apple in the year 1998, in 2003 the ITunes Music Store and in the year 2008 the App store. He gained $52,952,975 total compensation in 2011.
6. Ronald B. Johnson
Ronald Johnson is currently the CEO of J.C. Penney. Before getting his recent position, He was Senior Vice President at Apple and he lead their retail operation. He was among the pioneers of the concept of Genius Bar and Apple Retail Stores. He earned his Master Degree in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. His total compensation in 2011 reached $53,281,505.
5. Leslie Moonves
Leslie Moonves is the Chief Executive and President of the CBS Corporation. He was the director of ZeniMax Media starting from 1999. He had a chance to work with 20th Century Fox Television where he was in-charge in pay and syndication of cable programming. In the same company, he also became Vice President leading the mini-series and movies. He earned $68,422,211 as total compensation in 2011.
4. Larry J. Ellison
Larry Ellison is the chief executive and co-founder of Oracle Corporation. He is considered to be the sixth wealthiest man in the world with his stock in the Oracle Company. He was able to make a database project for the CIA which was named “Oracle”. In the year 1977 he established Software Development Laboratories together with two partners. The name of the company changed to Relational Software, Inc. and now became Oracle. His total compensation in the year 2011 is $96,160,696.
3. . Eric E. Schmidt
Eric Schmidt is a businessman, software engineer and the executive chairman of the well-known Google Company. In the year 2013, he was considered as the 138th richest person in the world. In the early days of his career, he was among the authors of Lex Software for the Unix computer OS. Starting 1997, he was the chief executive of Novell until 2001. Since 2001 he works as the CEO of Google. His estimated wealth is $8.2 billion.
2. David Simon
David Simon is currently the Chief Executive officer and chairman of the Simon Property Group. He earned a total compensation of $137,166,545 in 2011.
1. Tim Cook
Tim Cook is now the CEO and Business Executive of Apple Inc. Mr. Cook joined apple in the year 1998 and is the successor of the late Steve Jobs. His first designation was Senior Vice President in the company’s operation worldwide. He had done a lot of initiatives which contributed a lot to the success of the company. In 2011 he had a total compensation of $377,996,537.