Richest CEOs in the World

Richest CEO's in the World
Sundar Pichai While Attending a Dinner Party. Image: Flicker

The names of the richest CEOs of the world might surprise you, and some of them you might have never heard of. The work of a CEO is to run the company and take it from every thick and thin. All this grit, endurance, and hard work pay off in the form of paychecks. 

Richest CEOs in the World

10. Shantanu Narayen 

If you are working in a creative company, every time you open their software, chances are you are paying this man’s salary. Shantanu Narayen is the current CEO of Adobe. In 2019, his total compensation was $39.1 million. The annual company revenue is $11.2 billion, and total CEO compensation is unimaginably higher than the average employee pay.

He got his biggest job at Apple and then worked with Silicon Graphics, and in 1998, he accepted the job at Adobe as Senior vice president of worldwide product research. His hard work was paid off as he became the CEO of adobe in late 2007. 

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Adobe President and Chief Executive Officer Shantanu Narayen welcome attendees to Adobe MAX on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Image: Flickr

9. Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott is the CEO of ServiceNow and his annual compensation as CEO is $41.7 million. He started business at the very young age of 16, he made his first investment when he bought DELI in Long Island. 

Bill studied business at Dowling College and continued to run DELI and paid off his schooling from that money. He moved towards better opportunities and landed at Xerox and worked for many positions until he switched to the excessive vise president of the cyber system. In 2002, he was appointed as the CEO of SAP America, a software company based in Germany. By 2014, he became the CEO of SAP and is on the list of Richest CEOs in the World. 

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Bill McDermott, Chief Executive Officer, SAP SE captured during the session ’21st Century Corporation’ in the congress center at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 21, 2015.
Image: Flickr

8. Lachlan Murdoch

Surprisingly, all the CEOs in this list are self-made except for Lachlan Murdoch, the current CEO of FOX. His total CEO compensation was $42.1 million and the annual revenue of FOX is $11.4 billion. Lachlan was born into an ultra-rich family. He got his degree from Princeton in philosophy he didn’t really use it. Just like his father, he kept going in the media business and became the publisher of The Australian. In 1995, he became the deputy CEO of The Bulletin and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation n 2000. 

In 2014, he returned to the family business becoming the Co-chairman of News corporation but his role lasted only for a year. He joined FOX and became the CEO in 2019 where he remains to this day.

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Lachlan Keith Murdoch, the eldest son of Rupert, and already the deputy chief operating officer of News Corporation, was fed up with his father’s meddling and his patronizing lieutenants.
Image: Flickr

7. Satya Nadella

Microsoft is the company you might have heard of but you might not have heard of Satya Nadella before. He is the current CEO of Microsoft and his 2019 CEO compensation was a whopping $42.9 million. Satya is also an Indian just like Shantanu Narayen and started his career with Sun microsystems and then joined Microsoft in 1992. 

He brought considerable revenue to the company. Satya was the Senior Vice-President of Research and Development for the Online Services Division and later became President of the Server & Tools Division and took his leap to CEO and had made big moves as a CEO, putting him in the category of highest paid and richest CEO’s. His first acquisition was of Mojang, a gaming company commonly known as Minecraft which costs about $2.5 billion. He also purchased LinkedIn for $26.2 billion and GitHub for $7.5 billion.

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Satya Nadella while delivering a speech. Image: Flickr

6. Miguel Patricio 

Miguel Patricio is the CEO of a pretty well-known company, Kraft Heinz. His total CEO compensation is $43.3 million. He was born in Portuguese but moved to Brazil to get a degree. Miguel graduated in Business Administration at FGV EAESP. Miguel has worked for Philip Morris International, Coca-Cola, and Johnson & Johnson.

Miguel Patricio
Kraft Heinz appointed Miguel Patricio as the company’s chief executive officer Image: Twitter

5. David Zaslav

Davis Zaslav is the CEO of Discovery and his total 2019 CEO compensation was $45.8 million; a $200 million leap from Miguel Patricio. He was born in New York and attended Boston University School of Law and worked as an attorney for a while before switching to NBC Universal for twenty years. His main role was as the president of Cable and Domestic TV where he oversaw content distribution for TV. This included controlling channels like Bravo, CNBC World, ShopNBC, Telemundo Puerto Rico, mun2, Trio, Universal HD, USA Network and he then moved to Discovery as the CEO in January 2007. 

His role as a CEO has made an impact on the company’s reputation. During his time, the company has made amazing content. He also launched Investigation Discovery.

David Zaslav
David Zaslav in a conference
Image: Flickr

4. John C Plant

John C Plant is the oldest CEO on this list and has been in the business for a while now. He serves as the CEO of Howmet Aerospace where he makes a good chunk of change. His 2019 compensation was $51.7 million. He was the president and Chief Executive Officer of TRW Automotive which was then acquired in 2015 by ZF Friedrichshafen AG. 

John C Plant
John C Plant Giving an Interview Image: YouTube

3. Lisa Su – Only Richest Female CEO

The first lady on the list, Lisa Su has made her way into the toughest industry and has worked hard to rise above. She is the current CEO of Advanced Micro Devices. In 2019, her total CEO compensation was $58.5 million, and only female Highest-Paid CEO. At the beginning of her career, Su worked at Texas Instruments, IBM, and Freescale Semiconductor.

She joined AMD in 2012 and then became the CEO in October 2014. She is recognized with several awards and accolades, in 2017 she listed as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune.

Lisa Su
AMD CEO Lisa Su as a keynote during the IEEE Women in Engineering conference on Friday, April 24, 2015, in San Jose, California. Image: Flickr

2. Bob Swan

Bob Swan is at second place on Richest CEOs in the World list. He is currently the CEO of Intel and his total CEO compensation is $66.9 million. In 2016, he joined Intel as CFO after spending years as CFO at eBay, Electronic Data Systems, and TRW Inc. After Brain Krzanich’s resignation as Intel CEO, He became the interim CEO in 2018. 

Bob Swan
Intel boss Robert “Bob” Swan shares his vision for Intel’s role in technology impacting.
Image: Forbes

1. Sundar Pichai – Richest CEO

On top of the Richest CEOs in the World list, it is Sundar Pichai with a CEO compensation of $280.6 million. He studied metallurgical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He attained an M.S. from Stanford University in materials science and engineering and further attained an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2004, he joined Google, where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS. He became the CEO of Alphabet Inc in 2019, making him the highest-paid CEO, and was included in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020. 

Richest CEOs in the World
Sundar Pichai speaking during the Session “An Insight, An Idea with Sundar Pichai” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 24, 2018. Image: Flickr

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