At least 10 CEOs of listed Singapore firms took home less pay in 2020, but the wage is still amazingly high

Top jobs come with more stress and therefore command a higher salary. But what should that premium be?

I would argue that there should be a difference between what a publicly listed company CEO and a self-made entrepreneur should be paid. The entrepreneur took his own risk. He deserves the premium salary. But once the company becomes public, in a sense, the risks have been transferred to the shareholders.

Don’t get me wrong – It is important to have good CEOs. But the salary premium of the CEO to the average employee should not be so drastic. The bulk of what the CEO is paid should instead be in the form of dividends for the shares that he holds.

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