It seems all we ever hear about these days are the highest-paid CEOs, the ones who rake in many millions of dollars in salaries every year. But what about the CEOs who make bottom-of-the-barrel annual salaries?
1. Mark Zuckerberg
Surprised? Zuckerberg has ways of making money other than giving himself a hefty salary at Facebook. True, his $600,000-ish annual salary is nothing to scoff at, but many people would expect a higher amount for one of the most famous CEOs in the world.
2. Meg Whitman
As the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Whitman earns just $1 every year. However, she remains one of the richest and highest-earning CEOs. How does she do it? Her company stocks and bonds alone bring in about $16 million each year. Talk about company perks.
3. Richard Kinder
The CEO and founder of Kinder Morgan also makes just $1 per year. And he reimburses his company for any parking or health care costs employees may incur. This billionaire makes $1 billion (plus some change) each year via stock gains. With those kinds of earnings, he can afford to be generous.
4. Sergey Brin
The co-founder of Google doesn't need a hefty salary to stay rich. He's gone with a $1-per-year salary ever since the tech giant went public in 2004. Considering he owns thousands of Class A Google shares, along with millions of shares in the Class B category, he's doing just fine even with his paltry salary.
5. Carl Icahn
You can pay yourself just $1 a year when your investment portfolio includes Netflix. Icahn has billions as the founder of Icahn Enterprises and makes the bulk of his riches via savvy investment strategies.
6. Richard Hayne
Hayne might have to give up his $1-per-year salary at Urban Outfitters if the clothing chain continues to make offensive garments. But for now, he's sitting pretty with his $5,000-per-year bonus and $1 salary since he's raking it in via the company's life and auto premiums.
7. John Mackey
One of the more famous $1-per-year CEOs, Mackey is the man behind Whole Foods. When a store is dubbed "Whole Paycheck" by its customers-cum-cult-members, you don't have to worry about cash flow as much. He owns plenty of stock in the company, so don't worry that he won't be able to afford the hot bar.
8. Larry Page
What does $1 per year get you when you're the CEO of Google? A whole lot when you add in 85,000 Class A and millions of Class B stock options. Just like Brin, co-founder Larry Page doesn't need to demand a high salary.
9. Larry Ellison
With more than $90 million in stock options, the soon-to-be former CEO of Oracle has a $1-per-year salary. But he also gets $5 million per year in "other compensation," so even if his stocks tank, he won't go bankrupt. Who knew the highest-paid CEO was also the lowest-paid?
10. Robert Ingles II
As the CEO of Ingles Market, he was one of the few CEOs to truly get paid less than $1 million, earning just $941,000. Unlike many others on this list, he doesn't have millions or billions in stocks to fall back on--this is it.
11. Joseph Gorga
The CEO of International Textiles Group also didn't breach the million dollar mark, earning $970,000. Like Ingles, he has benefits included. However, just short of a million is still nothing to scoff at, and Gorga seems to be doing fine.
12. Brian Bierbach
Serving as the CEO of American Midstream means a paltry $251,000 per year. Once you factor in the stress and time it takes to head a major company, perhaps he earns (at an hourly rate) no more than many of his mid-level staffers.
13. Kelcy Warren
He averages $2,200 to $3,600 per year as the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners. However, he makes it onto many lists as one of the richest people in the world and is worth an estimated $2 billion. An investment mogul, he can keep the salary of his "real job" low.
14. Alan Smith
The Quantum Energy Partners CEO makes in the mid-$30Ks each year. A Texas Tech grad, he simply says that he doesn't see the purpose of an inflated salary. He's one of the rare ones who does what he does solely out of passion and love. He's heavily involved in related foundations and projects.
15. Ruben Martin
Serving as the CEO of Martin Midstream Partners earns the founder around $125,000 per year. Not too high, not too low, just right for an executive. It's more than enough to keep most people comfortable.
Note: An earlier version of this column incorrectly characterized John Mackey's yearly paid time off bonuses, and incorrectly stated Carl Icahn still had an investment in Dell.