— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on April 14, Tuesday.
Welcome to CNBC Business Daily, I'm Qian Chen.
A PRELIMINARY LOOK AT THE PAY FOR THE CEOS OF THE LARGEST COMPANIES BY REVENUE FOUND
MICROSOFT'S NEW CEO SATYA NADELLA TAKING HOME OVER 84 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2014, THANKS TO A 79 MILLION DOLLAR STOCK GRANT.
ORACLE'S FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND FORMER CEO LARRY ELLISON PULLING DOWN 67 MILLION DOLLARS. A HUGE NUMBER BUT 14% LESS THAN IN 2013.
QUALCOM'S STEVE MOLLENKOPF IN THE NUMBER THREE SPOT WITH A MORE THAN 60 MILLION DOLLAR PAYCHECK TIED TO A BIG OPTION AWARD.
[Robert Jackson, Columbia Law School Professor] "American corporations have performed exceptionally well in the last two or three years for a whole variety of reasons.With all the new technologies and all the improvements they bring to American life I think American shareholders and investors are willing to pay these folks."
THE BIGGEST MONEY FOR CEOS OF BIG U.S. COMPANIES THESE DAYS, IS IN TECH AND MEDIA.
Some tech companies, like Facebook and Twitter, went for IPOs and made their founders billionaires overnight.
Or in companies like Apple, with shocks keeping going up, shares held by executives have been soaring in value too.
However, pay of Wall Street CEOs have been declining, due to tighter regulation and tougher businesses after the 2008 financial crisis.
Striking a populist note, Hillary Clinton, who announced on Sunday she was running for president in 2016, said American families were still facing financial hardship at a time "when the average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes."
Reporting from Singapore, Qian Chen, CNBC.