Bellmore, NY (PressExposure) July 23, 2009 -- With exorbitant compensation always on the minds of shareholders, Jerry Goldberg, CPA has prepared his 5th annual list of the top 2,500 executive positions of the Fortune 500.
Goldberg reports a big drop in company and CEO compensation in 2008. Aside from confirming the average CEOâs compensation in 2008 was $10.4 million, a decrease of 14.8 percent from 2007, Goldberg details the additional executive compensation received by other senior executives on the management team. âAll public companies have at least four other executives who report to the CEO. Many of these executives are also handsomely paid,â said Goldberg. âWith greater amounts going to the executives, there is less to go to shareholders and other employees,â stated Goldberg.
âI have prepared a list of the top 2,500 top executive positions of the Fortune 500 companies, and what they are paid. I call the list âThe Fortunate 2,500 of The Fortune 500.â The total compensation paid to the âFortunate 2,500â in 2008 was $11 billion or an average of $4.9 million per executive. This was a decrease of 19% from 2007 when average executive compensation of that group was $5.8 million,â stated Goldberg.
Why is this important? For shareholders As more profits accrue to the top executives, there is less left over for the shareholders in the form of dividends, or earnings per share.
For employees The inflation-adjusted pay of the average worker in the United States has stagnated over the past two decades. Twenty years ago, the ratio of CEO pay to the average worker pay was approximately 10:1. The ratio in 2008 was a whopping 193:1. This is clearly out of line.
For society Money is âPower.â Not only does it buy goods and services but also political influence. Too much wealth has accrued to too few people, an unhealthy society where one class of workers can become an aristocracy at the expense of everyone else.
For the companies themselves Without tighter controls over risk-taking and corporate greed, the companies themselves may cease to exist.
What can be done? Goldberg provides commentary that includes a Hall of Fame for the top ten highest paid CEOâs, and the top ten companies with the highest paid executives and new for this year, the top ten women CEOs. See why all this is important to the public and what can be done to get things back into a reasonable balance. All information can be found at jgfortunate2500list.com. Press Release Distribution By PressReleasePoint