1. Satya Nadella
Microsoft CEO and Chairman Satya Nadella’s total compensation for fiscal year 2021 was $49.86 million, a 12 percent increase year over year, according to Microsoft. The ratio of his annual total compensation to the annual total compensation of the median employee was 282 to 1.
His base pay of $2.5 million remained the same from 2020. His stock awards grew to a value of $33 million, an 8 percent increase year over year.
His non-equity incentive plan compensation -- which includes annual cash incentives based on financial and operational performance -- was $14.2 million, a 30 percent increase year over year.
Nadella, 54, also received $109,750 in other compensation, most of which were in the category of charitable gifts, which includes matching charitable contributions under Microsoft’s corporate giving program.
In June, Microsoft’s board named Nadella chairman, taking over for former Symantec CEO John Thompson. Thompson became lead independent director, a role he held previously from 2012 to 2014. Nadella does not receive additional pay for serving as a director or chairman.