1. The Amazon exec leading the charge against Microsoft and Google made $35.6 million last year (AMZN, Goog, Googl, Msft)

    The Amazon exec leading the charge against Microsoft and Google made $35.6 million last year (AMZN, Goog, Googl, Msft)

    Back in 2011, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asked the company's board to freeze his annual salary at $81,840 — no cash bonuses or stock awards, nada.

    And so, when Amazon released its annual proxy statement to shareholders today, it wasn't a huge shock to find that despite his leadership of the company, Bezos' total compensation in 2016 totalled a relatively meager $1,681,840. That's $81,840 in salary, and $1.6 million in security and travel arrangements.

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