The 10 Lowest-Paid Tech CEOs

By Bloomberg Rankings and Marcus Chan - 2014-05-14T21:18:44Z

Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg 

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3. Steve Ballmer



Total compensation during the most recent fiscal year:

$1.26 million

Total compensation from the previous year:

$1.32 million

As the world's 37th richest person, worth about $19 billion, hold your tears for Steve Ballmer, who ranks third on our list of lowest-paid tech chiefs. During Steve Ballmer's 14 years as Microsoft's CEO, a job that ended this year with the appointment of Satya Nadella, the software giant's stock had an annualized total return of 0.4 percent. In its 2013 fiscal year, the Redmond, Washington-based tech company had a total return of 16 percent. During that same period, the S&P 500 index had a total return of 21 percent.