CEO pay is determined by a company’s board of directors. Those directors are compensated for the time they spend shaping the company’s strategy. Here’s what the Fortune 100 executives paid each other from 2008 to 2012.
in the last year of his directorship, more than 95% of all directors
Increased CEO pay by an average of
between 2008 and 2012, more than 97% of all directors
Shares of his companies increased by
between 2008 and 2012, better performance than 32% of all directors
The John S. Watson Stock Index
From April 2009 to December 2012, if you bought shares in companies when John S. Watson joined the board, and sold them when he left, you would have a 58.3 percent return on your investment, compared to a 75.8 percent return from the S&P 500.