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The Big Take

Goldman’s Leaders Push New, Creative Ways to Juice Their Own Pay

In a get-rich era, bank leaders feel the urge to keep up — without being too obvious about it.

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Photographer: Bloomberg Daybreak

For decades, a top spot at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was seen as the pinnacle of money and power. But in today’s era of hyper-wealth creation, the bank’s most senior leaders have come to believe they’re not getting paid enough.

Chief Executive Officer David Solomon and his deputies, who’ve contended with mounting pressure to reward trainees this year, have been searching for ways to juice their own eight-digit pay packages.