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Sarin outsmarts Mittal with fatter CEO paycheck

Lakshmi Mittal may be the richest Indian by virtue of his stake in world's biggest steel empire, but in terms of annual remuneration he has been beaten by Sarin.

business Updated: Jun 17, 2007 13:24 IST

Lakshmi Mittal may be the richest Indian by virtue of his stake in world's biggest steel empire, but in terms of annual remuneration as a CEO he has been beaten by another India-born chief executive -- Arun Sarin.

Vodafone, the world's largest mobile player by revenue, gave more than $33 million (about £16.9 million) to Sarin as salary and other benefits in the form of cash, stocks and options in the financial year ended March 31, 2007.

Sarin got a base salary of $2.5 million (£1.27 million), while his total cash remuneration including incentives and other benefits stood at $6.4 million (£3.24 million), the company said in its annual report.

This is the largest ever annual cash remuneration received by Sarin as Vodafone CEO, exceeding his £3.196 million package in the year ended March 31, 2004.

This was higher than the salary taken by L N Mittal last year as CEO of Mittal Steel, to be renamed as ArcelorMittal.

The steel giant disclosed last month in its annual report Mittal earned a base salary of $2.005 million, while total cash package including performance related payment stood at $3.68 million.

Sarin was also granted shares worth seven million dollars (£3.5 million) under the company's short-term and long-term incentive plans, in addition to grant of stock options worth about 20 million dollars (£10 million).

The total share options held by Sarin at the end of last fiscal were valued at about $70 million. Besides, he has accumulated shares worth about $22 million, which have been given to him under various incentive plans.

In comparison, Mittal was awarded options worth just $1.8 million as the Chairman and CEO of Mittal Steel, taking his total holding of options to about eight million dollars at the end of 2006.