Buffett says no to company car, salary hike

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 | | |

NEW YORK: World's newly crowned richest person Warren Buffett may have some lessons for other billionaires and CEOs of the world.

Buffett, CEO and Chairman at Berkshire Hathaway, does not use office car, has neither taken a salary hike for 25 years nor desires any in future, pays back the company for minor items such as phone calls, postage and favour from office personnel that are personal in nature, does not fly in company jet for personal visits and gives over four-times bigger pay package to his Chief Financial Officer.

These disclosures are part of Buffett-run Berkshire Hathaway's compensation policy as mentioned in a notice being sent to its shareholders for their annual meeting on May 3.

Besides, Berkshire said it does not grant stock options to its executive officers, all the compensation would be deductible under tax laws and the company's profits or market value would never be a yardstick for any remuneration.

Stating that its compensation program is different from most of the public companies, Berkshire said that Buffett's annual salary has been at 100,000 dollars for over the last 25 years and he has conveyed that "he would not expect or desire it to increase in the future."

The amount of his compensation was recommended to the company's board of directors by Buffett himself.

Berkshire Vice Chairman Charles Munger has also been paid an annual salary of 100,000 dollars for last 25 years and Buffett does not anticipate any hike in Munger's package as well in the future.

Buffett's total compensation actually fell in 2007 to 175,000 dollars, from 214,250 dollars in the previous year.