Apple CEO paid nearly $4.3 million this year

APPLE CEO Timothy Cook received a compensation package valued at nearly $4.3 million this year, up slightly from 2012.

Cook's pay for fiscal 2013, which ended in September, consisted of US$1.4 million in salary and a bonus of US$2.8 million, according to a regulatory filing Friday. Cook's compensation also includes $52,721 in company contributions to his 401(k) account, life insurance premiums and a vacation cash-out.

The year's pay was relatively modest compared with 2011, when he took the company's helm. That year, Apple's board set him up with a sign-on grant of 1 million shares, and his total compensation amounted to $378 million. In 2012, Cook's compensation package was US$4.2 million, according to the filing.

Apple itself faced some challenges in the fiscal year. It closed with a nearly 25 percent decline in market value, or about $160 billion. Still, it remains the world's most valued company as measured by market capitalization.

Apple's earnings have been shrinking along with its share of the smartphone and tablet market it reshaped with the 2007 release of the first iPhone and the 2010 introduction of the iPad.

Read more at the NZ Herald


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