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These CEOs Make 1,000 Times More Than Their Employees

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8. Gerald W Evans Jr.
> Company: Hanesbrands Inc.
> CEO annual pay: $8.8 million (1,391 times the typical employee)
> Median annual employee pay: $6,348
> Annual corporate profit: $868.0 million

Hanesbrands is the company behind popular the athletic wear brand Champion, as well as the top selling apparel brand in the United States, Hanes. Gerald W Evans Jr. was appointed CEO of the company in October 2016, and profits have climbed steadily under his watch. Evans was paid a salary of $1.1 million in 2018 in addition to millions more in stocks and incentives. His total annual compensation of $8.8 million is nearly 1,400 times the amount the typical Hanesbrands employee earns in a year.

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7. Robert A. Iger
> Company: The Walt Disney Company
> CEO annual pay: $65.7 million (1,424 times the typical employee)
> Median annual employee pay: $46,127
> Annual corporate profit: $13.1 billion

Disney CEO Robert Iger earns $46,127 — the median salary of a Disney employee — in an hour and a half. Iger’s $65.7 million compensation package is the second highest of any corporate leader on this list. Under Iger, Disney acquired 21st Century Fox in a $67 billion deal and became one of the largest media conglomerates in the world.

Iger is generally well regarded by those who work at Disney. He has an 84% employee approval rating on Glassdoor.

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6. David M. Zaslav
> Company: Discovery, Inc.
> CEO annual pay: $129.5 million (1,511 times the typical employee)
> Median annual employee pay: $85,704
> Annual corporate profit: $681 million

David M. Zaslav, CEO of Discovery, Inc., is the highest paid chief executive on this list. Zaslav has a base salary of $3 million and in 2018 he received well over $100 million in stocks, awards, and incentives. His 2018 compensation totalled $129.5 million, over 1,500 times the $85,704 median annual salary at Discovery.

Zaslav has headed the television company — now the second largest in the world by reach — since 2007. Under his watch, Discovery went public in 2008, became a Fortune 500 company in 2014, and acquired Scripps Networks Interactive in 2018.

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5. Brian R. Niccol
> Company: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
> CEO annual pay: $33.6 million (2,438 times the typical employee)
> Median annual employee pay: $13,779
> Annual corporate profit: $176.6 million

Chipotle CEO Brian R. Niccol made $33.6 million in 2018, 2,438 times as much as the typical Chipotle employee. Niccol took the top job in March 2018 after serving as CEO of Taco Bell since January 2015. Niccols was selected for the job for his expertise in digital technologies and branding — talents that board members hope will drive sales growth at Chipotle. Despite a series of high profile E. Coli and Norovirus contamination incidents at Chipotle restaurants, the company has reported steadily climbing sales revenue year over year.

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4. Kevin P. Clark
> Company: Aptiv PLC
> CEO annual pay: $14.1 million (2,609 times the typical employee)
> Median annual employee pay: $5,414
> Annual corporate profit: $1.1 billion

Aptiv PLC, an auto parts company headquartered in Dublin, has one of the highest CEO-to-median employee pay ratios of any S&P 500 company. Kevin P. Clark, who has headed the company since March 2015, earned $14.1 million in 2018 — over 2,600 times as much as the company’s median employee pay. As is the case with most chief executives on this list, only a small share of Clark’s compensation — $1.4 million — was salary. The bulk of his $14.1 million in compensation came from stock awards and incentives.

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