Oracle to CEO: I’d Buy That for a Dollar
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is taking a $999,999 pay cut. According to a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ellison will receive a base salary of $1 for fiscal 2010, down from the $1 million he collected in fiscal 2009.
“The compensation committee recognizes that Mr. Ellison has a significant equity interest in Oracle, but believes he should still receive annual compensation because Mr. Ellison plays an active and vital role in our operations, strategy and growth,” Oracle said in the filing. “Nevertheless, during fiscal 2010, Mr. Ellison agreed to decrease his annual salary to $1.”
A wise gesture from Ellison, who took a bit of flak at Oracle’s annual meeting last October after he made $543.8 million by exercising 36 million stock options. But still, a gesture only. Ellison is the fourth wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes. He is also Oracle’s largest shareholder, with 23.4 percent of stock outstanding, as of July 21. That stake is valued at more than $25 billion today.
So as long as Oracle (ORCL) continues to outperform the market, Larry will be just fine.