While Activision CEO, Robert - Bobby - Kotick earns somewhere in the region of $15million, Take Two Interactive's CEO Ben Feder is paid... a single US dollar directly by the GTA
Following his statement during a recent analyst call that, if it was up to him, he'd charge more
for Activision's games, CEO Robert - Bobby - Kotick has come in for quite some abuse. This has included an online petition
aimed at demanding that Activision reduces the price of Modern Warfare 2
in the UK and the details of personal earnings being mulled over.
These details come via profiles published by Forbes. Mr Kotick
is revealed to have been 'compensated' to the tune of $14,950,102 in 2008.
This amount of compensation has made many people fume from various orifices. But what of other gaming CEOs? We had a look.
Electronic Arts CE0: John Riccitiello
. His earnings from EA - in this case in 2009: $6,365,823 plus stock options that he liquidated in 2009 of $7,094,316 brings a total of $13,460,139.
Take 2 Interactive's CEO, Ben Feder
's 2008 earnings: $7,051. This comes from $1 in salary and $7,050 in 'other compensation'.
Hold on! $1 in salary? We double checked with another source
, and yes, it's a dollar. Bear in mind that Feder also works for ZelnickMedia, a company that provides management services to T2. ZelnickMedia (headed by T2 chairman, Strauss Zelnick) then receives stock options. At the most recent count ZelnickMedia has earned 3.5 million shares. Today's price on T2 is $9.76. So, Feder has earned a split of potentially $34,265,000.
Imagine what he would have been on with the EA offer of nearly $26?
In conclusion then, if you're head of a large company, you're going to earn a lot of money.