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Ghosn Under Scrutiny: How His Pay Stacked Up, How He Lived

  • He made more than peers in Japan but trailed global car CEOs
  • Homes in Rio and Beirut, a Marie Antoinette fete at Versaille
Carlos Ghosn views artwork at the DIA Art Foundation in New York on May 6, 2017. 

Carlos Ghosn views artwork at the DIA Art Foundation in New York on May 6, 2017. 

Photographer: Misha Friedman/Bloomberg

During his time at the helm of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn earned a lot more than his Japanese peers -- but not nearly as much as other global auto leaders.

Jetting around the world to supervise auto operations, Ghosn averaged about $15 million annually in total compensation during the five-year period through 2015 that is now the subject of investigation in Japan. That total includes what he was paid by Nissan and his other employer, French automaker Renault SA.