Morgan Stanley’s Gorman Tops Dimon as Best-Paid Big Bank CEO
James Gorman, chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley, poses for a photograph in Davos. (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Morgan Stanley’s Gorman Tops Dimon as Best-Paid Big Bank CEO

Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer James Gorman leaped past JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon as the best-paid CEO of a major U.S. bank.

Morgan Stanley boosted Gorman’s pay 22% to $33 million for 2020, when the Wall Street bank posted its third consecutive year of record earnings. His pay includes $1.5 million in salary and a $7.88 million bonus, the firm said Friday in a filing. The vast majority is in the form of $23.6 million in long-term awards, which pay out in shares and are partially tied to return on equity and shareholder-return targets.

JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank, kept Dimon’s total compensation unchanged at $31.5 million for his work in 2020.

Gorman’s firm is fresh off another year of record earnings and carried out two of the largest deals by a top Wall Street bank. The accompanying stock surge lifted its market value past $130 billion, or nearly 30% more than Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Morgan Stanley chief took a surprise pay cut for 2019 amid record revenues and profit. The decision was tied to cost-cutting efforts and a round of layoffs.

In 2020, Morgan Stanley stuck to its promise of not undertaking job cuts to reassure jittery staff concerned about the course of the pandemic. Some rivals that made a similar pledge changed course as it became apparent that the problems wrought by the virus were likely to outlast their willingness to keep cost-cutting on hold.

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