Elon Musk is number one. He tops Bloomberg’s list of the highest paid CEOs of 2019, along with plenty of other tech execs, while Wall Street barely cracked the top 10. The first woman appears on the list at number 19.
Elon Musk, head of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company, made nearly $600 million last year, though not from his salary alone. He’s known for forgoing any annual base pay. Instead, his earnings come from Tesla stock.
Recently, the electric car company’s stock hit $1,400 a share. That made Tesla the most valuable car company in the world. (Its production workers, by the way, report making under $20 per hour.)
Second on Bloomberg’s list is Apple’s Tim Cook. He brings in $3 million from his annual salary. But with Apple equity and other perks, his 2019 total was more than $133 million.
Other well-known tech executives round out the top 10, including Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai (no. 8 at $86 million), Microsoft’s Satya Nadella (no. 9 at $77 million), and Intel’s Robert Swan (no. 7 at $99 million).
Only four women made the top 100 list. That includes Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, who isn’t a CEO, but the company’s chief operating officer. She is number 72 with a total earnings package of nearly $32 million.
Neuralink, the AI-brain-chip company spearheaded by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Could be ready to put a version of its implant in a person “within a year,”.
Neuralink, which was founded in 2016, is Musk’s neural technology company that’s developing an implant designed to interface directly with the human brain.
“There’s still a lot of work to do,” Musk said when speaking with Rogan. “So when I say, you know, we’ve probably got a shot at putting it in a person, you know, within a year. I think, that’s exactly what I mean, I think we have a chance of putting input in one end. Having them be healthy, and restoring some functionality that they’ve lost.”
“It could, in principle, fix anything that’s wrong with the brain,” Musk said.
It’s not the first time Musk has made such claims. Back in July 2019, Musk said that he hoped to have an implant in a human patient by the end of next year.
But that’s just the early ambitions Musk has in store for Neuralink. In the long term, he hopes to develop a device that could enable “symbiosis” between humans and AI.
Neuralink plans to start testing its technology on human volunteers during the second quarter of 2020, pending FDA approval. Neuralink will drill four 8-millimeter holes in their skulls and then insert threads that will pass neuronal data to an implant behind the ear. This will then send information to a computer. This time line is highly ambitious and pretty unlikely, to say the least.