David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is willing to work for $1.
Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA amid revelations of an extramarital affair, faced yet another scandal when it came out that the City University of New York would pay him $200,000 to teach a single seminar and deliver two public lectures.
Under fire, the school announced Monday that it would pay Petraeus a solitary buck instead. Don’t feel bad for the top general: private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company will presumably be paying Petraeus more than a dollar for his services as the leader of its new KKR Global Institute.
By taking a salary of one greenback, Petraeus joins an elite club. Here’s a look other world-beaters who have offered their work at bargain-basement prices.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
John Mackey, Whole Foods
The high-end grocer has an annual salary of $1 and receives no cash bonuses. “I am now 53 years old and I have reached a place in my life where I no longer want to work for money, but simply for the joy of the work itself and to better answer the call to service,” he wrote in a letter to the company back in 2006.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google
Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitters
The leading retailer, a hippie-turned-Republican-donor who regained his position as CEO in 2012, took in a $1 salary, plus a bank-busting $5,000 in bonuses.
Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard
The CEO of Hewlett-Packard announced soon after her appointment in 2011 that she would work for $1 a year. The former EBay boss did secure $15.4 million in non-salary compensation.
Richard Kinder, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor
Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of the behemoth financial services firm, said back in 2001 when he was first running for mayor, that he would work for a dollar a year. He’s since offered New Yorkers a better deal, having failed to cash the 10 checks he has received from the city.