#4: Mark Parker, Nike
Total Compensation: $35.2 million
2012 Performance: +7%
Overall, Mark Parker’s pay more than tripled from 2011 to 2012. The main reason? A huge stock award that came last May. Nike (NYSE:NKE) gave its leader a whopping 190,000 shares, bringing his total stock awards for the year to more than $23 million, compared to $3.5 million the year before.
The company had a decent year in 2012, with gains of 7%. But the board cited Parker’s “exceptional leadership and critical role in driving Nike, Inc.’s growth strategy for years to come,” along with the company’s “strong, sustained financial performance” under his guidance as the reason for the huge payday.
The only caveat: Parker must stick around for five years. He can’t cash his stock in until 2017.