$1 tech executives

Some of the biggest names in tech make just $1 a year.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
Company: Apple
Bonus: None
Stock and options: None

From 1997 until his death, Steve Jobs took home just $1 a year in salary, and most years he collected no bonus. Just $1.

That is, except for 2001, when the company came through with a whopper of an executive bonus: It spent $90 million to buy Jobs a Gulfstream V airplane. Since then, Apple had been reimbursing Jobs' air travel expenses, which totalled $248,000 last year.

Jobs could afford to skip the salary payments: Forbes recently estimated his net worth at $7 billion. Most of that wealth came from the Walt Disney Co., not Apple. Jobs became Disney's largest shareholder in 2006 when Disney bought Pixar.

Source: Equilar Inc.
Note: Equilar, an executive compensation research firm in Redwood Shores, Calif., prepared the data by looking at companies with more than $1 billion in revenues that filed proxies by Sept. 30, 2011.
By David Goldman - Last updated November 09 2011: 4:11 PM ET
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