By the numbers
Which got The Buzz to thinking: What could he do with that kind of money?
Mr. Simon could give $100 gift cards redeemable at Seattle Premium Outlets, one of his company's malls, to every Snohomish County resident -- and still have enough left over to retain bragging rights over Ford CEO Alan Mullaly, whose pay package rose 11 percent to $29.5 million.
Or he could buy a grande Starbucks Frappucino for everyone in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and his remaining earnings still would exceed those of the No. 2 CEO on the list, Leslie Moonves of CBS. ($68.4 million, up 20 percent).
Or he could present a $125 clothing voucher to every person living in poverty in his company's home state of Indiana -- with enough left over to exceed the 2011 salary of Boeing CEO W. James McNerney Jr. ($18.4 million, up 34 percent).
Now, if The Buzz were David Simon, we'd want our salary to be more like what typical Americans make ($39,300, up 1 percent). We'd simply accept his current rate of pay -- $65,865 per hour -- work about 35 minutes on Jan. 1 and knock off for the rest of the year.
- Pay jumped for CEOs in 2011 5/29/12
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