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Oracle Corp CEO sees salary jump to US$96.2 million

PAYCHECK:Larry Ellison’s huge pay hike came from US$90.7mn worth of stock options and has made him the sixth-richest person in the world, ‘Forbes’ says

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Larry Ellison, the founder and CEO of Oracle Corp and one of the wealthiest people in the world, saw his pay jump to US$96.2 million last year.

The pay, disclosed in a corporate filing, was up 24 percent from the previous year’s total of US$77.6 million. Most of Ellison’s pay came from stock options that were valued at US$90.7 million when they were granted last year in June.

Those options, to buy 7 million shares at US$32.43 a share, have value only if the stock is trading above that price. The options have been under water for most of the time since they were granted. However, on Friday, Oracle stock rose US$0.21 to close at US$32.47.

The company cut Ellison’s performance-based bonus to US$3.9 million, down from US$13.3 million a year earlier. Other senior executives endured similar cuts. That was because Oracle’s profit growth for the year came in below its goals, according to the yearly filing made on Friday.

Oracle’s net income rose 17 percent to US$9.98 billion for the year that ended on May 31. Revenue rose 4 percent to US$37.12 billion.

The company said compensation was US$51.7 million for president and chief financial officer Safra Catz and president Mark Hurd. Nearly all their pay was also in stock options that had little value as of Friday.

Oracle said its compensation committee recognizes that Ellison, 68, already “has a significant equity interest in Oracle, but believes he should still be eligible for an annual compensation package because of his active and vital role in our operations, strategy and growth.”

Ellison’s salary was only US$1 for the year that ended on May 31, unchanged from the previous year.

Forbes last week estimated Ellison’s net worth at US$41 billion. That ranked him as the sixth-richest person in the world and the third-richest in the US, behind Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett, head of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The Associated Press’ calculation isolates the value the company’s board placed on the executive’s total compensation package in the last fiscal year. It includes salary, bonus, performance-related bonuses, perks, above-market returns on deferred compensation and the estimated value of stock options and awards granted.

The calculation does not include changes in the present value of pension benefits and they sometimes differ from the totals that companies list in the summary compensation table of proxy statements filed with the US’ Securities and Exchange Commission. The statements to commission reflect accounting charges taken for the executive’s compensation in the previous fiscal year.

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