The Washington Post released a list of CEO earnings at 100 of the area’s largest public companies yesterday. Coming in at number one was Strayer University, whose top dog brings in a whopping $41 million per year (this includes bonuses and stock awards; Robert Silberman’s annual base salary is “only” $646,000). Last week, Strayer also ranked number 14 in Forbes’ list of America’s 100 Best Small Companies, so I guess the Arlington-based university is doing something right. Although if they stopped sending me copious amounts of junk mail, they would be doing more things right.
Rounding out the top 10 highest paid CEOs are the heads of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Coventry Health Care, United Therapeutics, General Dynamics, Discovery, Danaher, Rosetta Stone and AES. Coming in at number 100 was Leslie Goldberg, head of Bowl America, who earns a cumulative $154,183. However, he probably deserves a raise based on his quality products: I still own — and wear — my “Happy Birthday from Bowl America” T-shirt, circa 1988. Thanks for the memories, Mr. G.