#6: John Donahoe, eBay
Total Compensation: $29.7 million
2012 Performance: +63%
Another high-flying stock whose CEO seems to have earned his keep: Ebay (NASDAQ:EBAY), which posted gains of 63% in 2012 … and rewarded head honcho John Donahoe with just under $30 million.
Of course, the bulk of that 81% increase in compensation came from stocks. In 2011, Donahoe got $8.9 million in stock, while that tripled to around $23 million in 2012. If I were Donahoe, though, I’d sure love stock-based compensation, considering shares have blown out the doors by appreciating 370% since early 2009.
The CEO isn’t sitting still, either. He recently announced that the company is shooting to hit the $300 billion mark for e-commerce in three years, while also doubling its active users. As he put it: “The turnaround is behind us, and we are now playing offense.”
If that offense pays off, Donahoe could be making a run for the top spot on this list in the next few years.