Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein paid $16.1 million
Saturday, April 14, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein received total compensation of $16.1 million in 2011, a 14 percent increase from the year before.
In a regulatory filing posted Friday morning, the New York investment bank detailed Blankfein’s compensation for last year. Goldman paid its chairman and CEO a salary of $2 million, a bonus of $3 million and stock awards worth $10.7 million.
Blankfein’s total pay included $9,800 in matching payments to his retirement plan, $51,467 for a car and driver and $258,701 for security services. The amount Goldman paid for his security more than doubled from the year before.
Goldman said it believes the security provided for its executive officers “is required in light of the elevated threat profile in the current environment.” The statement called the security services “business-related necessities” for Goldman’s high-profile executives.
Blankfein’s pay rose even as Goldman Sachs endured an unusually tough year. Goldman reported a 47 percent drop in earnings to $4.4 billion in 2011, as rocky financial markets battered Goldman along with the rest of Wall Street. That included a third quarter in which the bank lost money for only the second time since it became a publicly traded company in 1999.
The bank’s net income for the last three months of the year fell 58 percent as fear about the European debt crisis kept the stock and bond markets volatile and clients of all the major banks shied away from mergers as well as new sales of stock.
Among the titans of Wall Street, Blankfein ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to compensation. Morgan Stanley, Goldman’s closest rival, paid its CEO, James Gorman, $13 million. Bank of America gave Brian Moynihan $7.5 million.
JPMorgan Chase, the country’s largest bank, paid Jamie Dimon a total of $23 million.
Blankfein had the pricier tab for his security detail. JPMorgan shelled out $21,375 to protect Dimon’s home, according to a regulatory filing made last week. Occupy Wall Street protesters marched to Dimon’s home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side last October, chanting “Tax the rich!” They marched to Goldman’s headquarters the next month, accusing the bank of a variety of misdeeds and demanding that Blankfein be sent to prison.
Goldman’s practices have also come under fire from federal regulators and its own employees. In an agreement announced Thursday, Goldman said it would pay $22 million to settle regulatory charges that its analysts shared confidential research with favored clients.
Greg Smith, an executive director at the bank, resigned last month with a blistering essay in The New York Times. Smith said the bank was losing its “moral fiber,” by putting profits ahead of its clients’ interests and dismissing customers as “muppets.”
Goldman could bounce back with solid results when it reports earnings Tuesday. Analysts expect it to report a profit of $3.46 per share on revenue of $9.3 billion, according to the data provider FactSet.
The AP calculation of executive compensation aims to isolate the value company boards place on CEOs’ total pay package. It includes salary, bonus, incentives, perks and the estimated value of stock options and awards.
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