Is Larry Ellison Overpaid?

Is Larry Ellison Overpaid?

Oracle may not be the the Rule Breaker it once was, but that didn't stop the company's board of directors from issuing CEO and co-founder Larry Ellison a massive $76.9 million pay package. It's more than he deserves, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Just look at the current quarter. Revenue could decline as much as 4% or increase as much as 6%, management said in its guidance. Cloud-based competitors such as are taking a toll on Oracle's growth prospects. (Ironic, when you consider that Salesforce is also a partner.)

Ellison, for his part, turned down a bonus of $1.2 million because the company "did not meet" internal growth prospects. Yet he still received 7 million options at a weighted average exercise price of $29.72 a share. He'll earn millions on even modest gains in the stock price, Tim points out.

Is there a better way to structure Ellison's pay? One that's better aligned with the interests of outside shareholders holding for market-crushing gains? Tim answers this question and more in the video. Please click to watch now and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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