Global ad spend in 2014 rose 3.9% to $US513 billion, according to GroupM — and ad agency bosses saw their compensation soar last year too.
Like previous years, our ranking of the richest people in advertising is predominantly made up of white men.
One of them is even subject to an SEC investigation into his income.
There’s just one woman on the list.
Methodology: Our ranking looked at SEC filings, taking account of total annual 2014 compensation, including salary, stock awards, option awards, and other incentives. That’s an obvious flaw because a lot of people on this list hold a lot of their net worth in stock they have accumulated over previous years, and through other assets and investments.
This list is by no means extensive: We chose to look at public companies only. We also only looked at pure-play advertising agencies: Otherwise advertising execs at tech companies like Google and Facebook, or brand marketers would surely make the list too.
Notes: Bonzani's pay rose 51% year-on-year. The bulk of his pay last year was made up of stock awards and non-equity incentive plan compensation.
Compensation: ($US2,299,314) €2,083,118
Notes: In addition to his salary, Roberts also received €23,516 in 'benefits in kind' in 2014.
Notes: O'Brien's total annual compensation rose 40% from 2013. He's so low-profile, we couldn't source a photo of him.
Notes: Nelson joined Omnicom in 2002 when it purchased his interactive agency, Organic. He was named the CEO of Omnicom Digital in 2009, and he oversees strategy for all of holding company Omnicom's digital assets.
12. Timothy Andree, president and CEO of Dentsu Holdings USA and executive chairman of the Dentsu Aegis network
Compensation: ($US3,489,881) ¥432 million
Notes: Andree played an important role in spearheading Dentsu's acquisition of Aegis Group in 2013. Once the acquisition was complete he was appointed executive chairman of the Dentsu Aegis Network. He was also appointed as the first non-Japanese board director.
Compensation: ($US3,689,195) €3,343,328
Notes: Interestingly, Vilà received more in total compensation last year than his boss Yannick Bolloré, who is the CEO of parent company Havas. Bolloré was paid €907,070 ($US1,001,310.)
Notes: Krawkowsky works with Interpublic CEO Michael Roth to define the strategy for the group. He also oversees talent management, training and development, and compensation benefits. His pay in 2013 was $US3,847,630.
Compensation: ($US4,968,000) €4,500,000
Notes: Lévy receives no fixed compensation -- his entire salary is variable, dependent on financial and non-financial objectives set the previous year.
Notes: Angelastro replaced longtime CFO Randy Weisenberger in September 2014. He was previously the company's SVP of finance and controller.
Notes: Mergenthaler's compensation was up 9% year on year.
Compensation: ($US5,377,664) £3,435,000
Notes: In January this year WPP announced Read was taking on the role as CEO of WPP agency Wunderman, while continuing his executive responsibilities for the wider WPP group. However, the move did also see him step down from the agency network's board.
Notes: Roth's compensation was up 10% on 2013.
Notes: Nadal retired from MDC Partners earlier this month. He is currently at the center of an SEC investigation into his huge expenses bill, which has seen him promise to reimburse the company more than $US20 million.
In June Nadal's perks package was ranked by Business Insider as the most extravagant in the advertising industry.
Compensation: ($US17,558,352) £11,219,000
Notes: Richardson's total compensation rose 22% year on year.
Notes: Wren's 2014 compensation included $US82,751 for personal use of an aircraft.
Compensation: ($US67,285,497) £42,978,000
Notes: Sorrell is not just the best-paid advertising CEO, he's the highest-paid CEO in the UK. His pay in 2014 was up 44% the previous year. However, unlike the majority of bosses on the FTSE 100, the bulk of Sorrell's pay is linked directly to the company's stock performance. In 2014, WPP reported a record £1.4 billion in annual profit, and revenue grew 4.6% year on year.
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