CEO Steve Ballmer and Chairman Bill Gates each received $551,667 in pay and $313,447 in bonus last year, up from $547,500 in salary and $205,810 in bonus a year ago. Jim Allchin, who heads Microsoft's Windows operating system business, received $505,624 in salary and $400,000 in bonus, up from $495,195 and $400,000, respectively, in 2002. Jeff Raikes, who heads the Microsoft Office unit, earned $524,309 in salary and $300,000 in bonus, up from $495,083 and $250,000 a year ago.
The proxy statement indicated that Microsoft is asking shareholders to approve changes to its stock compensation plan. In July, Microsoftto shift from granting options to employees to awarding actual shares of restricted stock.
Microsoft is also seeking approval for its plan to add two members to its board of directors, aannounced earlier on Thursday. The company wants to add BMW Chairman Helmut Panke, in addition to former AT&T Vice Chairman Charles H. Noski.
In addition, those who own Microsoft shares will also be asked to vote on a proposal by one shareholder that the company "refrain from making direct charitable contributions." The shareholder, Sheila Kippley of Cincinnati, proposes that instead, the company could choose to pay a dividend and "send a note to shareholders suggesting they contribute it to their favorite charity."
In arguing for her proposal, Kippley quoted Thomas Jefferson, who wrote that "To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical."
Microsoft urged shareholders to vote down Kippley's proposal.