17 'overpaid' healthcare CEOs

Despite many CEOs cutting their base salaries last year due to the pandemic, those moves had little effect on overall CEO pay, according to an annual report from the nonprofit shareholder advocacy group As You Sow. 

For its report, As You Sow evaluated CEO pay at S&P 500 companies. The nonprofit used data to compute what CEO pay would be assuming such pay is related to cumulative shareholder return. In its methodology, a ranking of companies by excess CEO pay and by shareholder votes on CEO pay are each weighted at 40 percent. The final ranking based on CEO-to-worker pay ratio is weighted at 20 percent. 

As You Sow notes some CEOs may no longer hold the positions listed below, as the rankings were calculated using data made available before June 30, 2021.

Here are the 17 healthcare CEOs who made As You Sow's list:

Leonard Schleifer, MD, PhD (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals)
Pay: $135.35 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 933:1
Excess pay: $121.68 million 

Javier Rodriguez (DaVita) 
Pay: $73.43 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 1,137:1
Excess pay: $59.8 million 

Alex Gorsky (Johnson & Johnson) 
Pay: $29.58 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 365:1
Excess pay: $15.95 million 

Michael Neidorff (Centene) 
Pay: $24.96 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 362:1
Excess pay: $10.94 million 

Ari Bousbib (IQVIA Holdings) 
Pay: $25.58 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 266:1
Excess pay: $10.64 million  

Stefano Pessina (Walgreens Boots Alliance) 
Pay: $17.48 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 524:1
Excess pay: $4.82 million  

Marc Casper (Thermo Fisher Scientific) 
Pay: $26.39 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 367:1
Excess pay: $11.57 million  

David Wichmann (UnitedHealth Group)
Pay: $17.87 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 321:1
Excess pay: $3.25 million 

Larry Merlo (CVS Health) 
Pay: $23.04 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 414:1
Excess pay: $9.99 million 

Alan Miller (Universal Health Services) 
Pay: $13.25 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 305:1
Excess pay: $65,412 

Samuel Hazen (HCA Healthcare) 
Pay: $30.4 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 556:1
Excess pay: $15.93 million 

Steven Collis (AmerisourceBergen) 
Pay: $14.3 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 241:1
Excess pay: $649,253

Michael Kaufmann (Cardinal Health) 
Pay: $14.22 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 261:1
Excess pay: $1.35 million 

Michel Vounatsos (Biogen) 
Pay: $18.66 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 120:1
Excess pay: $5.03 million  

Robert Ford (Abbott Laboratories) 
Pay: $20.45 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 266:1
Excess pay: $5.74 million 

David Cordani (Cigna) 
Pay: $19.93 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 304:1
Excess pay: $6.04 million 

Brian Tyler (McKesson)
Pay: $14.84 million 
CEO-to-worker pay ratio: 334:1
Excess pay: $1.7 million

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