Forbes has published today “Top-Paid Female Chief Executives list”. And… “Women account for only 3% of the chief executives at the helm of the 500 biggest U.S. companies. Irene Rosenfeld of Kraft Foods tops our list of the highest-paid female chief executives. Our list, comprised of chief executives of the 500 biggest companies in the U.S. (as measured by a composite ranking of sales, profits, assets and market value), has 15 female chief executives from a handful of industries including food, insurance and energy”, Forbes reports.
During her fourth year as Kraft’s chief executive Rosenfeld, 56, had a total compensation package (salary, bonus, stock and options) of $16.7 million. She runs the largest U.S. food manufacturer ($52 billion market cap), and her compensation is on par with her male peers at other food companies such as Kellogg ( K – news – people ) and General Mills ( GIS – news – people ).
But other women on the list haven’t fared as favorably. PepsiCo’s ( PEP – news – people ) Indra Nooyi, who runs one of the leading U.S. brand companies ($105 billion market cap) has an annual compensation package that is worth half of her male counterpart at McDonald’s ( MCD – news – people )–$10.7 million for Nooyi compared to $20 million for McDonald’s boss James Skinner. And Sunoco’s ( SUN – news – people ) Lynn Laverty Elsenhans’ package ($1.5 million) lags considerably behind the chief executive at rival refinery firm Tesoro ( TSO – news – people ) ($18.6 million).
According to compensation experts, the disparity in pay can be attributed, in part, to the tendency of female executives to choose a straightforward salary and bonus package over a stock and options laden one. “Women are more being paid on their current business performance, in salary and bonus, and yielding on long-term wealth accumulation opportunities,” says Pearl Meyer, a senior managing director at executive compensation firm Steven Hall & Partners. Unfortunately, there are too few women on the list to draw a hard conclusion. Women account for only 3% of the CEOs at the helm of the biggest 500 U.S. companies, and that number hasn’t budged over the last three years.
Check also “The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities” that leads Angelina Jolie “She’s rich. She’s talented. She’s beautiful. And now Angelina Jolie is the most powerful celebrity in the world. Thanks to the release of several blockbuster movies and an endless sea of media buzz, Jolie has dethroned Oprah Winfrey to top this year’s Celebrity 100 list, Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s ultra famous. Jolie raked in $27 million in the past 12 months thanks to a movie schedule that included Kung Fu Panda, Wanted and the not-yet-released spy thriller Salt. Even more impressive: The publicity she garnered following the birth of her twins, as well as the consistent headlines she grabs for her philanthropic efforts and her relationship with actor Brad Pitt, who ranks No. 9 on the list. , Forbes reports.