Each saw slight salary hikes, to $616,667 in fiscal 2006 from $600,000 in 2005. But they also pulled in reduced bonuses--$350,000 in 2006, as opposed to $400,000 in 2005.
"As the leaders of the company, they are focused on building long-term success, and as significant shareholders in the company, their personal wealth is tied directly to sustained increases in the company's value," Microsoft said in its annual proxy filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Once again, the duo were topped in annual compensation by, co-president of the company's platforms and services division, which includes Windows, and , president of its business division, which includes Microsoft Office. Those executives each received $1,095,000 in salary and bonuses.
Gates, 50, in June relinquished his title as chief software architect and announced that over the next two years, hefrom a full-time role with the company. He said he wanted to devote more time to the philanthropic ventures of the .
Theby Forbes magazine pegged Gates' worth at $53 billion and Ballmer's at $13.6 billion.
The company's fiscal year ended June 30.