New York(CNN Business) Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, has made the same $81,840 salary for two decades.
He has never taken a stock award. Bezos doesn't need it -- he already owns 16% of Amazon, a stake worth more than $100 billion.
But Amazon ( pays a ton of money every year to keep its CEO safe. Bezos has received $1.6 million in security-related services and business travel each year since 2010 and at least $1.1 million since 2003 when the company first started reporting security expenses as part of Bezos' total compensation. )
Amazon says its security costs are "especially reasonable in light of his low salary and the fact that he has never received any stock-based compensation."
Several tech CEOs have taken low salaries, including Steve Jobs who took just $1 every year (except for 2001, when Apple gifted its founder a private jet plane). Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin also only take $1 a year each. Former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison used to take $1 in salary but was routinely among America's highest-paid CEOs because he took home a ton of stock awards.
Although Amazon has paid Bezos the same salary since 1998, he used to get paid even less. In 1997, he made $79,197, and in 1996 he took home $64,333. Amazon was founded in 1994, but it only started reporting its finances when it went public in 1997.
Despite Bezos' relatively low total compensation for a CEO, he still makes significantly more than the median Amazon employee. Most Amazon employees work in warehouses, and the median compensation for Amazon employees was $28,836 in 2018.
Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour for US full-time employees. That went into effect in November 2018 and helped raise the median salary for Amazon's full-time American workers to $35,096 last year.