Carlos Ghosn has the honor of being the highest-paid foreign executive of any Japanese company. The Nissan CEO brought home a staggering $12 million for his efforts at the automaker last year alone, which marks a 10-percent increase over his take-home pay last year. For the sake of comparison, The Economic Times reports that Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota Motor Company, drew just $1.6 million in compensation and stock options last year.

It's not as if Ghosn has been sitting on his hands, though. The executive helped lead Nissan to increase its net profit from $524.6 million from March 2008 to March 2009 to $3.95 billion the following year, and he doesn't seem to be anxious to slow down anytime soon. Ghosn just unveiled a new business plan for Nissan called Power 88, which is supposed to help Nissan capture a total global market share of eight percent. Currently, the automaker holds onto around 5.8 percent of total market share.


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      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      For comparrison, Mulally got $26.5MM last year.
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        Yeah, I know people are going to say "Mulally is amazing!" "He's a miracle worker!" This is proof he's an overpaid d!ck.
      4X4fear
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Nissan is honored with Ghosn, he saved them from bankruptcy and now he deserves more than the 12 million
      Johnny-wat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it amazing that people think that a CEO's job is easy. Just look below this post. "is he really all that different than any other person with an MBA?" What!? A person with an MBA is common. Calos Ghosn is another breed of person altogether. To be the man in charge of a massive company that spans the globe, making all the toughest decisions, managing the details to ensure that his company does not sink. And if you mess up, a board of directors will come down on you like a ton of bricks. Comparing the job of Carlos Ghosn to "any person with an MBA" is like comparing the President of The United States to a manager of a Burger King branch. They both manage something. One is just exponentially more difficult to manage than the other. Ghosn deserves that money.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah poor Mr. Bean. Give him more. He "deserves it."
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Agreed. What does a human being have to do to deserve $12 million? Hedge the company on electric cars, and expand the product portfolio? I'm not saying what he's done hasn't taken skill and intelligence, but is he really all that different than any other business person with an MBA? Did Carly Fioriona really deserve millions for running HP into the ground? I think results with executives are more about luck than anything. Right place, right time, lucky decisions. They sure deserve great compensation, but there are probably many other execs who could've made the same calls for a lot less. There is some market distortion going on as it concerns executive pay.
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd say he earned it. I remember when he took over a product starved Nissan.
        Tango Down
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        Indeed. And 12M is just peanuts compared to the US execs. Sad really.
      emperor koku
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does this include his work at Renault? If so, it's kind of misleading to say he got it all at Nissan. That compensation is out of line for a Japanese executive.
      Winsom Cash
      • 3 Years Ago
      Power 88? More like Crazy 88, at least got the black suit part right.............LOL
      Gaikovert Odin
      • 3 Years Ago
      SPECIALLY FOR Carlos Ghosn : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byoxPRTFEUM&feature=g-wl&context=G2f907f5AWAAAAAAACAA
      Andrew Williams
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mr. Ghosn, I have owned NISSAN products for years and I am a person who is a professional in a small sized City on Ontario, Canada. I have had to deal with NISSAN CANADA and the local dealership. The problem started at the shop with the dealer, and the problem remains there. And I said my piece! I feel more comfortable repairing and maintaining the SUV myself; and lately I have been more successful with it. The public are no longer stupid enough to believe what the dealer says, we have the INTERNET, and the dealer deals garbage from the 1970's expecting that I will believe it. Your local dealer called me a S.O.B. for being right. Andrew Williams {andrew @ powerparalegal.com}
      Andrew Williams
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mr. Ghosn, Problem is with the pretentious scammy dealers, and their attitude. I was called a S.O.B. when I was right and correct by one of the local managers in regards to my NISSAN. They straight out told mistruths. The public is not stupid to believe them anymore. Andrew Williams - St. Catharines, Ontario Canada
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