How to Make a Buck in America

General David Petraeus agreed to teach a college course Monday for one dollar. See which other big-money employees are accepting pocket change for their work

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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

The social network founder is worth $13.3 billion, but he has chosen to take a base salary of $1 per year and to pass on any bonus payments.

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

The pair of technology giants founded Google in September 1998 and remain leaders of the $268 billion company. They each pull down a salary $1 a year.

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

Kinder, number 40 on Forbes list of U.S. billionaires, asks for a salary of just $1 a year from the energy company he founded in 1996.

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.

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