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This Is Uncomfortable

Season 2 | Episode 4: In sickness and in fraud

Feb 20, 2020

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I've always wondered...

What do CEOs do all day long to deserve their pay?

by Jana Kasperkevic Jan 1, 2018
Most Americans think that CEO compensation is too high.
Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the world to voice their anger about what they described as corporate greed.
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Does a CEO's pay reflect how well a company performs?

by Donna Tam Jul 25, 2016
Not so much, says one study that tracked the performance and pay of 800 CEOs in the U.S.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is one of the highest-paid CEOs in the country. A new study shows that companies with the the highest-paid CEOs do worse than the companies of their lesser-paid counterparts.
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Let’s do the numbers: CEOs still make way more money than you

by Donna Tam Jul 12, 2016
CEOs made 276 times more than a typical worker in 2015. And, that’s actually a lower ratio than the year before.
The Board of Directors of Fisons Ltd, manufacturers of fertilizers, attend a meeting in the company's boardroom in 1960. A new study shows the ratio of CEO pay to worker compensation went from 20-to-1 in 1965 to 276-to-1 in 2015.
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CEOs get paid a ton, Mary Poppins makes almost none

by Tobin Low Jul 25, 2014
Why CEOs don't have a pay cap while Mary Poppins can't raise the minimum wage.

Are London's CEOs earning too much?

by David Brancaccio May 20, 2014
How much more should a CEO earn than his or her employee?
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Explainer: Why can't we cap CEO pay?

by Paddy Hirsch Jan 15, 2014
Switzerland recently toyed with the idea of capping CEO pay at 12 times the amount of the lowest-paid worker.

How much will Microsoft pay its next CEO?

by Sally Herships Aug 28, 2013
As Microsoft starts the search for a new CEO, yet another report highlights the growing gap between CEO pay and that of the average worker.

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Comparing CEO-to-employee pay ratios

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 30, 2013
Bloomberg breaks down the CEO-to-worker pay ratios of the top companies in the S&P 500 index.

Staying on as a CEO...at 4 percent of your usual pay

by Stacey Vanek Smith Apr 5, 2013
JCPenney cut a top executive's salary by more than 96 percent. Other corporate boards also took a whack this week at poor performers. The curious case of executives who know they're not doing well, but keep working anyway.
JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson at Pier 57 on January 25, 2012 in New York City.
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Are CEOs worth 380 times what the average worker makes?

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 8, 2013
A new viral video called "Wealth Inequality in America" has put a spotlight on CEO pay.