Tim Cook has ranked number one in CNBC‘s list of the highest paid American CEOs. With an average compensation of a whopping $95 million over the past five years, the Apple chief has a comfortable lead over Larry Ellison, second and Ron Johnson, third.
Interestingly, both Ellison and Johnson have strong ties with Apple. The former was a close friend of Steve Jobs, while the latter was the VP of Retail at the Cupertino company before leaving to take over as CEO of JCPenney. Ellison received $70 million in compensation, while Johnson received $53 million.
Quite a few tech CEOs feature in the top ten, and that just shows how far the industry has come over the past couple of decades.