The 15 Highest Paid CEOs in 2015

Whether you think it is a good thing or not, there are some heads of companies that make a lot of money. With the widening of the wealth gap in the United States of America and the slow, painful death of the middle class, many people are not so happy to see that certain individuals are making sums of money that are far beyond what they could possibly be adding to the firm’s value chain. These crazy salaries have some people questioning whether or not capitalism is even sustainable. Of course, like anything, there is a diversity of opinion on the matter. Others feel that these salaries are a sign that capitalism is working just fine and that the money they earn will work its way back into the system for everyone to enjoy. Ultimately, one could argue that these salaries are acceptable considering that the base pay is generally not that high. Many of these CEO’s make bonuses based on good performance but receive the bulk of their income from stock options that vest over time and are worth significantly more if the company grows greatly during their time as its leader.
Whatever the case may be, these CEO’s are laughing all the way to the bank. The following list is based on research firm Equilar’s findings with regards to total 2013 compensation of the following top executives. One can only hope these CEO’s are giving most of this money away to charity, á la Bill Gates, though they probably are not.