Pay Pals


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.

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Warren E. Buffett

Warren E. Buffett

  • Between 2008 and 2012 he made
  • $0
  • as a director, more than 0% of all directors
  • Paid CEOs an average of
  • $423,923
  • in the last year of his directorship, more than 2% of all directors
  • Decreased CEO pay by an average of
  • $66,786
  • between 2008 and 2012, only 32% of directors decreased pay more
  • Shares of his companies decreased by
  • 5.6%
  • between 2008 and 2012, better performance than 50% of all directors

The Warren E. Buffett Stock Index

From January 2008 to December 2012, if you bought shares in companies when Warren E. Buffett joined the board, and sold them when he left, you would have a -5.6 percent return on your investment, compared to a -2.8 percent return from the S&P 500.

Warren E. Buffett's companies

Berkshire Hathaway

Jan. 1, 1965 to July 26, 2016

Other board members at Berkshire Hathaway during this time were Charles T. Munger, Charlotte Guyman, David S. Gottesman and 8 more.

His Yearly Director Pay
Yearly Payments to CEOs
  • Stock Performance is the difference between a director's stock index and the S&P 500.
  • A director's stock index is an unweighted index of company stock performances while they sat on the board.
  • CEO pay includes salary, bonuses, stock sales, and other payments.
  • Average CEO Pay is calculated using the last year a director sat on the board of each company.
  • Stock returns do not include dividends.
  • All directors refers to people who sat on the board of at least one Fortune 100 company between 2008 and 2012.

The Pay Pals project relies on financial research conducted by the Center for Economic Policy and Research.

Sources: Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Berkshire Hathaway SEC filings (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

By Shane Shifflett, Jay Boice, Hilary Fung and Aaron Bycoffe