Huge Paydays for C.E.O.s, as Gap With Workers Widened

Even in a gilded age for govt pay, 2020 was a blowout yr.

A complete survey of the 200 highest-paid chief executives at public firms carried out for The New York Times by Equilar, an govt compensation consulting agency, revealed a number of the greatest pay packages on document, and confirmed that the hole between C.E.O.s and everyone else widened through the pandemic.

Alexander Karp, the chief govt of Palantir, a knowledge mining firm that will get over half its income from authorities contracts, was the very best paid C.E.O. at a publicly traded firm, with compensation price $1.1 billion.

Based on lots of of firm filings, the survey discovered that solely 13 feminine C.E.O.s made the highest 200 record. Dr. Lisa Su, chief govt of Advanced Micro Devices, a pc chip maker, was the very best paid girl, with compensation of $40 million, however ranked solely 40th total.

DoorDash, the meals supply firm that depends on gig staff, and whose enterprise ballooned as diners ordered in through the pandemic, awarded Tony Xu, its C.E.O., compensation price $414 million. That put him in second place within the survey.

In third, with compensation valued at $370 million, was Eric Wu of Opendoor, a digital platform for shopping for and promoting houses that, like DoorDash, turned a public firm solely final yr.

Six of the largest earners made it onto Equilar’s rating of individuals with the 10 largest pay packages of the final decade, topped by Elon Musk of Tesla, who was awarded $2.three billion in 2018.

The class of 2020 crashed one other elite membership: Eight of the top-earning executives obtained compensation final yr price greater than $100 million. In 2019, just one earned greater than that; in 2018, 5 did.

The high six pay packages lately