Profit Over People: CEOs at These 10 Companies Make Over 1,000 Times More Than Their Employees

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Corporate Greed

The richest 1% of Americans make 84 times as much as the bottom 20%, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And if things go on as they have for the past four decades, the rich will continue to see considerable gains in income while the rest of us will, well, we’ll still be eating struggle meals

If those facts don’t make you want to eat the rich, then this will: the average S&P 500 company’s CEO made 272 times more than their average worker. And at the following 10 companies, the top dogs all make over 1,000 times as much as their employees.

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1. Live Nation Entertainment

CEO Pay: $139 million

Median Worker Pay: $25,673

Pay Ratio: 5,414:1

Live Nation Entertainment might just be the worst company in the U.S. — if not the world. To begin with, Live Nation’s CEO Michael Rapino makes over 5,000 times more than its median worker. But Rapino doesn’t just shaft his workers. He and Ticketmaster, a Live Nation subsidiary, have such a stranglehold on the music industry (monopoly, anyone?) that they can do whatever they want, including apparently treating customers like crap.

Western Digital headquarters in San Jose, California, USA

2. Western Digital Corporation

CEO Pay: $32.14 million

Median Worker Pay: $9,644

Pay Ratio: 3,332:1

Western Digital, the company behind WD and SanDisk hard drives, brings in over $12 billion a year. A sizeable chunk of that money goes to its CEO, David Goeckeler,  who makes over 3,000 times as much as the company’s median worker. Doesn’t that seem a little unfair?

Aptiv Labs headquarters in Silicon Valley
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3. Aptiv

CEO Pay: $16.21 million

Median Worker Pay: $8,139

Pay Ratio: 1,991:1

While you may have never heard of Aptiv, there’s a good chance you’ve come across one of its products. The Irish-American company supplies software and electrical systems for cars and was once a part of General Motors. On top of making components for autos and underpaying its employees, Aptiv (formerly Delphi) was named one of America’s most toxic air polluters in the early 2000s. Oh, and it refused to pay its employees pensions after the company’s precursor, Delphi, went bankrupt.

Related: CEOs Who Scored Massive Payouts Despite Being Fired

Coca-Cola World Headquarters
Oracle World Headquarters
Apple Store

(Dis)honorable Mentions

...and the list goes on. The following five companies also have some of the worst CEO-to-employee pay ratios.

6. Yum! Brands

CEO Pay: $16.67 million

Median Worker Pay: $10,398

Pay Ratio: 1,603:1

7. TJX Companies

CEO Pay: $20.53 million

Median Worker Pay: $13,844

Pay Ratio: 1,478:1

8. Seagate Technology

CEO Pay: $11.44

Median Worker Pay: $12,065

Pay Ratio: 948:1

9. McDonald’s

CEO Pay: $17.77 million

Median Worker Pay: $14,521

Pay Ratio: 1,224:1

10. Apple

CEO Pay: $99.42 million

Median Worker Pay: $84,493

Pay Ratio: 1,771:1