Revealed! Microsoft boss who said women should rely on "karma" for fair pay earns $84m

Satya Nadella, the Microsoft chief executive who gained unwelcome notoriety this month after saying that women shouldn’t ask for a pay rise, is himself on a blockbuster pay package worth over $84m, it has emerged.

News of the astronomical remuneration package comes as Nadella is still working to mitigate the damage done by his remarks.

Nadella’s pay is made up of a $919,000 salary, $79.8m in stock options and a bonus of $3.6m - and is more than either of Microsoft’s two previous bosses, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, received.

“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” Nadella said at an event about women in computing earlier this month. “It’s good karma. It will come back.”

But in the US, men earn an average of 17.7% more than their female counterparts, so “karma” and “the system” isn’t proving to be an effectual arbiter of fair pay.

Since the blunder, Nadella has retracted his views and worked hard to repair the damage.

At an event in San Francisco on Monday, he said: “The last week and a half or so have been a learning and humbling experience for me. I was wrong in the way I answered that one question,” the Telegraph reports.

“I took my own experience … and sprung it on half of humanity,” he added.

Nadella’s $84m pay package means he earns roughly 214,527% of the United States average according to the BBC’s global pay-scale calculator.

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