1. Elon Musk got ‘paid’ $2.3 billion last year but actually earned $0, and this shows how complicated CEO compensation has become

    Elon Musk got ‘paid’ $2.3 billion last year but actually earned $0, and this shows how complicated CEO compensation has become

    Elon Musk got ‘paid’ $2.3 billion last year but actually earned $0, and this shows how complicated CEO compensation has become By - June 11, 2019 A recent report from The New York Times indicated that Tesla CEO Elon Musk received stock options worth nearly $2.3 billion in 2018, more than 17 times the reported compensation of the next-highest executive on the list.

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    1. While the SEC requires a certain calculation, such as using the grant date fair value of unvested equity awards granted, this often doesn't reflect what the executive actually receives once stock awards are vested or options are exercised.
    2. However, it's also pretty common for companies to provide alternative calculations, such as the value of vested stock awards and exercised options, because they think this provides a better picture into what a CEO really makes.
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