Tim Cook (Palo Alto iPhone 5s5c launch, CNET 001)

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t have an easy job. Not only is he in charge of one of the largest companies in the world, but he has to do so in the shadow of one of the most highly regarded executives of our generation, amidst constant criticism from those that say Apple’s best days are behind it.

No need to worry though, Tim is well compensated. According to a new report, he took home $4.3 million in salary and incentives last year, and another $70 million in vested stock options. All told, Cook banked more than any other tech CEO in 2013 except for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg…

Here’s more from USA Today:

Factoring in vested stock awards and options exercised last year, dozens of other CEOs pulled in well over twice the median CEO compensation. Apple’s Tim Cook received $4.3 million in pay and incentives. He was also able to take ownership of part of the $376.2 million restricted stock grant he received in 2011 for a $69.6 million gain.

Cook’s $73.9 million topped HP’s Meg Whitman, who came in third at $17.6 million, but neither CEO stood a chance against Mark Zuckerberg. The 30 year-old CEO earned nearly $4 billion last year, after cashing in $3.3B in stock options. Sort of puts his $1 salary into perspective, doesn’t it?

Opulent executive compensation packages have been a hot topic of debate in recent years, with some saying that the pay gap between execs and other employees is far too wide. But with Apple breaking numerous sales and revenue records under Tim Cook’s tenure, it’s hard to argue he’s overpaid.

Last month, Fortune ranked Cook #33 on their list of the world’s top 50 greatest leaders.

  • Anthony Snyder

    Rich are jut getting richer aren’t they :/

    I feel sorry for them… they get a crap load of money but they can’t do anything with it because they are extremely busy…

    • Damian

      who is not busy? there’re millions of people who work 50-60 hours a week and get nothing close these “bastards”.

      • Anthony Snyder

        It’s still a privilege don’t get me wrong. It’s just that if I had that kind of money, I’d like to be able to use it!

      • Typical, typical, typical Koreans work 12 hours a day 6 days a week. I know MANY people who work 7 days a week. Yes no days off. I’m glad I’m an artist. I couldn’t work like them. I have friends who work from 8 in the morning to 11pm a night and on Fridays will work till 1 or 2 am so they can have Saturday off.

  • Merman123

    Haha, that picture of him in the post is very appropriate.

  • Framboogle

    That picture is very fitting for this article.

  • Ara Rezaee

    If it were Steve Jobs he would’ve said suck it bitches

  • LAGISSUEZ

    $75 million… I wonder what that must feel like.

  • appl3h4ck3r

    Don’t care..? It ain’t me making that so f*** him?

  • Oria Maymon

    steve didnt take salary at all, maybe this is whay the stock drop to 500+usd from 700 at iphone 5.

    • Rom3

      Lol

    • To avoid paying taxes. He took stock options. You do know that right?