AstraZeneca chief exec Pascal Soriot earns £120m in 10 years after raking in £15.3m in 2022

Astrazeneca boss Pascal Soriot scooped £15.3million in pay final yr, taking his whole earnings to virtually £120million in somewhat over a decade on the prescribed drugs large.

The chief govt’s 2022 package deal marks the fourth straight yr he has earned over £15million, however it was down barely from the £15.7million he was given in 2021.

His package deal included a £1.4million wage, £13.6million in bonuses, advantages value £136,000 and £150,000 in pension contributions. 

Pay deal: Pascal Soirot's 2022 package marks the fourth straight year he has earned over £15m, but it was down slightly from the £15.7m he was given in 2021

Pay deal: Pascal Soirot’s 2022 package deal marks the fourth straight yr he has earned over £15m, however it was down barely from the £15.7m he was given in 2021

The whole was 230 occasions the quantity acquired by a typical AstraZeneca employee.

Luke Hildyard, director on the High Pay Centre, stated: ‘These are actually discomforting figures. 

A pay award of £15million, taking Soriot’s whole pay over the previous ten years to over £100million, is a extremely uncommon quantity for somebody who’s only a supervisor of a long-established organisation, not an entrepreneur who constructed it from scratch.’

Soriot is without doubt one of the UK’s greatest recognized chief executives, having been on the helm of the agency since October 2012. 

In that point, pay has been a relentless gripe for the Frenchman, who has complained bosses at rivals abroad earned extra.

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In 2018, after receiving a £13million pay award, Soriot triggered a stir when he stated: ‘The fact is I’m the lowest-paid chief govt in the entire business.

‘It is annoying to some extent. But on the finish of the day it’s what it’s.’

The 63-year-old’s newest payout comes simply two weeks after he shone a lightweight on Britain’s uncompetitive tax regime.

At the corporate’s annual outcomes on February 9, Soriot blamed the excessive price of doing enterprise in Britain for prompting AstraZeneca to modify plans for a £330million funding in a brand new manufacturing facility to Ireland.

Soriot stated the group needed to construct a brand new ‘state-of-the-art’ plant near its current websites in the North West, however as a substitute selected Ireland as a result of the UK tax regime was ‘discouraging’. 

Corporation tax in the UK is ready to rise to 25 per cent from 19 per cent in April. 

Despite by no means being removed from controversy, Soriot is credited with main a turnaround that has reworked AstraZeneca’s picture from laggard to pioneer, with a formidable portfolio of blockbuster medicine.

The firm grew to become a family identify throughout Covid when it joined forces with Oxford University to supply a jab that was offered for no revenue – though Soriot irked traders by spending a lot of the pandemic at his household residence in Australia.

Before that, he noticed off a £69billion raid in 2014 by US rival Pfizer, which needed to purchase AstraZeneca and use the UK as its headquarters for tax functions.

Today, AstraZeneca is valued at virtually £178billion after a near-300 per cent rise in its share worth since Soriot took over.

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