In 2018, Elon Musk, CEO and not-quite co-founder of Tesla, was paid an astonishing $2.3 billion dollars in compensation by the company. All of this income came in the form of stock options, which can only be exercised if certain targets related to company performance are met.
This graph shows that his income is more than the next 65 Top Paid CEOs’ income combined and also more than the next 131 CEOs after that. This level of compensation seems unwarranted, even in the realm of typically excessive CEO compensation, since his company, Tesla, is not yet profitable. His income is listed as over 40,000 times higher than the median income of Tesla employees (~$56k).
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