Exxon Paid Its Ex-Chairman $686 million
As gas prices soar across the nation, Exxon’s board paid its recently-retired chairman, Lee R. Raymond, over $686 million since 1993–with $400 million of that coming in his final year with the company.
A compensation payout like that got N.Y. Stock Exchange Chairman Richard Grasso sued.
For Leading Exxon to Its Riches, $144,573 a Day
By JAD MOUAWAD
For 13 years as chairman and chief executive, Lee R. Raymond propelled Exxon, the successor to John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Trust, to the pinnacle of the oil world.
Under Mr. Raymond, the company’s market value increased fourfold to $375 billion, overtaking BP as the largest oil company and General Electric as the largest American corporation. Net income soared from $4.8 billion in 1992 to last year’s record-setting $36.13 billion.
Shareholders benefited handsomely on Mr. Raymond’s watch. The price of Exxon’s shares rose an average of 13 percent a year. The company, now known as Exxon Mobil, paid $67 billion in total dividends.
For his efforts, Mr. Raymond, who retired in December, was compensated more than $686 million from 1993 to 2005, according to an analysis done for The New York Times by Brian Foley, an independent compensation consultant. That is $144,573 for each day he spent leading Exxon’s “God pod,” as the executive suite at the company’s headquarters in Irving, Tex., is known.