back to article Microsoft boss Nadella's compensation pack swells 10% to $55m

Relying on the karmic forces of the universe is clearly working out for Microsoft chairman and CEO Satya Nadella, judging by his expanding compensation package. The exec, who landed the role in 2014 and has presided over some monumental growth figures, particularly during the pandemic, scooped up a total of $54.946 million, up …

  1. Mike 137 Silver badge

    Nadella's base salary was unchanged at $2.5 million

    One wonders how much of the growth was directly attributable to action by Nadella. But in any case, who actually needs even $2.5M per year? Here in the UK, that's more than a lifetime's earnings for a reasonably well paid business mananger.

    1. trevorde Silver badge

      Re: Nadella's base salary was unchanged at $2.5 million

      TBH, he's probably struggling on that piddling amount. It's probably barely enough to pay for his housekeeper, let alone his chauffeur and gardeners. Then there's the weekly food shop... I expect he'll be panhandling around the local food bank until his shares vest.

    2. Roland6 Silver badge

      Re: Nadella's base salary was unchanged at $2.5 million

      Well $2.5M currently gives an income of circa £80k pa.

      Unless you have expensive needs, I suggest this is sufficient to have a comfortable (but not excessive) lifestyle in the UK.

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    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nadella's base salary was unchanged at $2.5 million

      That $2.5M feels rather low when the highest paid employee at Raspberry Pi receives £0.4M.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "of which $100,000 was charitable gifts."

    I don't understand this one. I don't suppose he received charity, so does it mean that what he gave to charity, his employer reimbursed him?

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      1/2 day

      Very rough calculation...

      $55m. 52 weeks in the year - say that's $1 per week. 5 days a week - $200,000 per day.

      So the charitable contribution was 1/2 day's worth

    2. doublelayer Silver badge

      Microsoft matches charitable donations. So he gave $100k on his own to charities, and MS contributed another $100k to the same organizations. The round number suggests that was probably a cap on the amount they would match for him, so he may have given more in donations which weren't matched.

  3. SickNick

    How much of Microsoft's significantly increased revenue is simply from people forgetting to turn off VMs on Azure? I personally have lost Billions!

    1. OhForF' Silver badge

      I personally have lost Billions!

      You lost Billions of bytes when turning off a VM on Azure?

  4. The Griff

    Money for nothing

    Boardroom pay is just ridiculous. They always justify it by comparing it to the "market rate". The market being made-up of a bunch of other vastly overpaid execs.

  5. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    Microsoft made $198.3 billion ...

    "To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk sell a new version of Windows was a victory." - Brendan Behan (updated).

  6. bertkaye

    the other way to get rich

    If I could have just one drop of his blood for every annoying feature in Windows 11, I would be a rich happy man.

    1. David 132 Silver badge

      Re: the other way to get rich

      Having a big bucket of blood would make you rich and happy? I am confused. Is your name Dracula? Do you run a cut-price wholesale bloodbank?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: the other way to get rich

        Could be rich already, having his blood may make him happy.

  7. Il'Geller

    Nadella deserves this money because he has done an amazing job making AI profitable. See what he has achieved with Github?

  8. navarac Bronze badge

    It's just obscene.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      So you don't like it - don't buy Microsoft

      1. navarac Bronze badge

        It's STILL obscene! No need for these pay scales at all.

        1. Youngone Silver badge

          He deserves every penny, and more. There is literally no-one else in the world who can do the things he does.

          He is also kind and handsome and if you ask nicely, he'll come 'round to your place on Saturday and wash your car.

          Whatsisname is quite possibly the cleverest businessman in the history of business doing, and should be paid more.

      2. JimC


        Such ridiculous inequalities in income have led to revolution. I do wonder if the increasing anger and division visible in western societies is an early symptom of something bubbling up.

        1. very angry man

          Re: Historically

          i certanly hope so

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