Goldman Sachs Cut CEO David Solomon’s Pay to $25 Million in 2022

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

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Chief Executive

David Solomon

took a nearly 30% pay cut in 2022.

Mr. Solomon received $25 million in total compensation last year, down from $35 million in 2021. His 2022 pay package consisted of a $2 million base salary, a cash bonus of $6.9 million and a $16.1 million stock award that is tied to how well the bank performs in the next few years, Goldman said in a regulatory filing.

Mr. Solomon’s 2022 compensation reflects the bank’s performance compared with 2021, Goldman said in the filing. Profit fell 48% last year, and revenue declined 20%, largely due to a slowdown in corporate deal-making that had previously fueled blockbuster earnings. Still, Goldman shares outperformed the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index and the broader S&P 500 last year. 

In 2021, the bank’s shares were soaring and the bank was minting money in a merger boom that kept its high-price bankers busy. 

Goldman doubled Mr. Solomon’s pay that year, an acknowledgment of the bank’s record profits and following a year when he was penalized for the firm’s involvement in the 1MDB corruption scandal. The bank also awarded Mr. Solomon a one-time stock award of about $30 million that year, citing “the rapidly increasing war for talent in the current environment.”

Late last year, Mr. Solomon engineered a restructuring of Goldman’s businesses meant to spotlight steadier businesses like asset and wealth management, taking some of the focus off its more volatile Wall Street operations. 

He’s also paring back the bank’s consumer-facing Marcus operations and has admitted that Goldman’s attempts to do too much there contributed to missteps. The bank’s newly created Platform Solutions division, which houses credit cards and other pieces of the consumer business, lost about $2 billion on a pretax basis in 2022. 

Mr. Solomon has moved to cut costs at Goldman. The bank laid off some 3,000 employees this month and slashed bonuses for many bankers by up to 40%. 

Goldman’s compensation committee also considered the bank’s “continued progress in its strategic evolution as well as Mr. Solomon’s strong individual performance and effective leadership,” according to the filing. 

Mr. Solomon’s pay fell more than his Wall Street counterparts. 

Morgan Stanley

paid Chief Executive James Gorman $31.5 million for his work in 2022, a 10% pay cut from the year before.

 JPMorgan Chase

& Co. awarded CEO Jamie Dimon $34.5 million in 2022 compensation, in line with a year earlier.

Wells Fargo

& Co. CEO Charles Scharf’s 2022 pay also stayed flat at $24.5 million in 2022.

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