Apple CEO Tim Cook is the highest-paid CEO in the U.S. in 2019, earning more than $133 million last year, according to a Bloomberg list of the highest-paid CEOs and executives in the U.S. in 2019. Cook is also the second-highest-paid CEO in the U.S. in 2019, just behind Tesla CEO Elon Musk,’s $595 million.
As for Apple’s CEO rival from the tech industry, the closest thing to a new chart released by Bloomberg is Intel CEO Robert Swan, who earned $99 million last year, followed by Alphabet’s Sandal Pichai, which earned more than $86 million. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella came in at No. 9 with $77 million.
Apple is by far the most valuable company in the world, so Cook’s performance makes sense. According to the data, more than $122 million of all his 2019 earnings came from stock awards, while his annual bonus was “only” $7.6 million.
In the case of Elon Musk, who leads the 2019 charts, he gets all the money from options. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also earned more than $64 million from stock awards, while more than $10.7 million was a bonus from the company’s 2018 results.
Overall, the technology industry still dominates these lists. No less than four of the top 10 CEOs are from the industry, according to Bloomberg data. Tim Cook, Sandal Pichay, Satya Nadella and Robert Swan combined to earn more than $500 million, which shows how good technology companies have been recently.
Tim Cook has confirmed he will donate all his 2019 earnings, according to the same source.