Sir Martin Sorrell dominates a list of 16 all-male individuals with the fattest wallets in advertising once again, giving an indication of the riches to be gained in the profession for those able to rise to the top of the pile even as global ad spend growth slows.
An annual report compiled by Business Insider the list takes account of salary, stock and other earnings to see who in the industry has taken home the most over the course of 2015 from the relative poverty of Alfonso Rodés Vilà, CEO of Havas Media Group, who takes home a mere $2,277,474 – all the way up to the $87.5m enjoyed by WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell.
For brevity the list focuses exclusively on pure-play advertising agencies meaning ad execs at Facebook and Google don’t get a look-in even though they are more than likely to make the grade.
Top 16 richest individuals in advertising:
$87,500,000 - Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP CEO
$23,576,047 - John Wren, Omnicom Group CEO
$14,458,102 - Michael Roth, CEO of IPG
$14,300,000 - Paul Richardson, WPP group finance director
$6,255,150 - Philip Angelastro, chief financial officer at Omnicom
$5,603,572 - Frank Mergenthaler, chief financial officer at IPG
$4,769,162 - Philippe Krakowsky, IPG chief strategy and talent office
$4,400,000 - Timothy Andree, executive chairman of the Dentsu Aegis network
$4,400,000 - Kevin Roberts, executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi worldwide
$3,937,950 - Jonathan Nelson, chief executive officer of Omnicom Digital
$3,260,776 - Scott Kauffman, chief executive of MDC Partners
$3,161,007 - Michael O'Brien, general counsel and secretary at Omnicom Group
$2,990,000 - Maurice Lévy, Publicis Groupe CEO
$2,800,000 - Mark Read, global chief executive at Wunderman and CEO of WPP Digital
$2,411,663 - Andrew Bonzani, IPG general counsel and secretary
$2,277,474 - Alfonso Rodés Vilà, deputy CEO of Havas and CEO of Havas Media Group