They earn millions of dollars and fly on corporate jets. Their pay includes $25,000 car allowances and $40,000 medical checkups. The CEOs of Florida’s top companies reap that and more, a lot more in some cases.

The Tampa Bay Times ranked the chief executive officers of the state’s 50 largest publicly traded companies. Each entry includes a quick company bio and a pay ratio, which compares a CEO’s compensation with the median salary of the company’s employees.

Combined, these 50 CEOs earned almost $500 million. No. 1 pulled in nearly $23 million. The lowest paid got $2.4 million. The youngest member is 47. The oldest 80. Just four women made the Florida list, though that’s twice as many as made the national rankings.

Meet the top 50.

Pitbull, right, and Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., perform during the Norwegian Escape christening ceremony on Nov. 9, 2015, in Miami. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)
Pitbull, right, and Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., perform during the Norwegian Escape christening ceremony on Nov. 9, 2015, in Miami. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)

1. Frank Del Rio, $22,593,061

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Age: 64

Del Rio has run Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings since 2015. The University of Florida accounting graduate oversees about 3,200 onshore employees and 30,000 who work aboard the company’s 26 ships. Thanks to stock awards, he earned twice as much as a year earlier, and nearly eight times what he pulled down in 2016.

Base pay: $1.75 million

Stock options and awards: $15.24 million

Other: $5 million

Perks: $100,000 travel account, $20,000 for tax preparations and $20,000 for a country club membership.

Median employee salary: $20,101

Pay ratio: 1,124 to 1


2. James Robo, $21,358,742

NextEra Energy

Age: 57

James Robo heads up NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, which provides electricity to about 5 million customers.
James Robo heads up NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, which provides electricity to about 5 million customers.

Robo heads up NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, which provides electricity to about 5 million customers. NextEra also owns Gulf Power Co., which serves about 460,000 customers in eight counties in northwest Florida. Based in Juno Beach, NextEra reported $16.7 billion in revenue last year and a record $6.6 billion in profit.

Robo has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He took over as CEO in 2012.

Base pay: $1.4 million

Stock options and awards: $14 million

Other: $6 million

Perks: $66,446 for use of company aircraft; home security system and club membership.

Median employee salary: $125,365

Pay ratio: 170 to 1


David Henshall talks about how Citrix works on mobile devices at his Fort Lauderdale office on Cypress Creek Road, Feb. 10, 2012. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/MCT)
David Henshall talks about how Citrix works on mobile devices at his Fort Lauderdale office on Cypress Creek Road, Feb. 10, 2012. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/MCT)

3. David Henshall, $19,253,101

Citrix Systems

Age: 51

Henshall has run Citrix Systems since 2017. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, the software technology company has about 7,500 employees and boasts that nearly every Fortune 500 company uses its products.

Base pay: $1 million

Stock options and awards: $15.5 million

Other: $2.6 million

Perks: $5,000 to cover a physical exam, nearly $20,000 for life insurance and disability policies and $5,000 for charitable donations made under the company’s matching program.

Median employee salary: $170,433

Pay ratio: 113 to 1


Roper CEO Neil Hunn is seen in this undated image from the Business Observer. (Courtesy of the Business Observer)
Roper CEO Neil Hunn is seen in this undated image from the Business Observer. (Courtesy of the Business Observer)

4. L. Neil Hunn, $18,538,367

Roper Technologies

Age: 47

Hunn runs Roper Technologies, which develops software, engineered products and solutions. Based in Sarasota, the company has 15,000 employees.

Hunn took over the top job in September, when longtime CEO Brian Jellison was diagnosed with an undisclosed illness. Jellison, 73, died in November. During his tenure, the company’s value grew from a little over $1 billion to about $30 billion.

Base pay: $900,000

Stock options and awards: $15.6 million

Other: $2 million

Perks: $24,000 car allowance and $4,029 to cover a club membership.

Median employee salary: $88,707

Pay ratio: 209 to 1


5. Gary Norcross, $18,442,389

Fidelity National Information Services

Age: 53

Gary Norcross, CEO of Fidelity National Information Systems.
Gary Norcross, CEO of Fidelity National Information Systems.

Norcross runs Fidelity National Information Services, often referred to as FIS. The Jacksonville company has about 52,000 employees and provides financial services technology and outsourcing services to clients around the world. A longtime FIS employee, Norcross took over the top job in 2015.

Base pay: $1.2 million

Stock options and awards: $13 million

Other: $4 million

Perks: $64,000 in personal airplane use and $63,000 in executive health care

Median employee salary: $46,929

Pay ratio: 393 to 1


An ADT Security sign sits out in front of a home in Sandy Springs, Ga. (Chris Rank/ Bloomberg News)
An ADT Security sign sits out in front of a home in Sandy Springs, Ga. (Chris Rank/ Bloomberg News)

6. Jim DeVries, $17,942,615

ADT Inc.

Age: 56

DeVries became CEO of ADT Inc. in December, taking over for Timothy Whall. The well-known company provides electronic security for homes and businesses in the United States and Canada. Based in Boca Raton, ADT grew out of American District Telegraph, founded in 1874. Today, the company has about 19,000 employees and handles 15 million alarms calls annually.

DeVries earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now known as Trinity International University, a master’s from Loyola University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Base pay: $3.6 million (including bonus)

Stock options and awards: $13.5 million

Other: $710,000

Perks: $27,840 for housing expenses and $47,000 for work-related travel.

Note: ADT became a publicly traded company again in January 2018 and was not required to include a pay ratio.


Lennar Corp. builds new homes in many communities in the Tampa Bay area, including Concord Station in Land O' Lake. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times ]
Lennar Corp. builds new homes in many communities in the Tampa Bay area, including Concord Station in Land O' Lake. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times ]

7. Rick Beckwitt, $17,538,466

Lennar Corp.

Age: 60

Beckwitt rose to the top job at Lennar in April 2018. One of the nation’s largest home builders, Miami-based Lennar has divisions in 19 states and about 11,600 employees. The company was founded in 1954 as F&R Builders.

Base pay: $800,000

Stock options and awards: $16.8 million

Other: $30,000

Perks: $21,000 car allowance

Median employee salary: $88,244

Pay ratio: 199 to 1


People leave an Olive Garden restaurant at sunset in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne/2013)
People leave an Olive Garden restaurant at sunset in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne/2013)

8. Eugene Lee Jr., $15,770,151

Darden Restaurants

Age: 58

Eugene Lee, CEO of Darden Restaurants.
Eugene Lee, CEO of Darden Restaurants.

Lee is the chief executive officer of Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, which runs several chains including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House and Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. The company’s roots date to Bill Darden opening the Green Frog luncheonette in Waycross, Ga., in 1938. Today, the company has 180,000 employees.

Lee, who has an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston, took over as CEO in 2015.

Base pay: $1 million

Stock options and awards: $12.3 million

Other: $2.4 million

Perks: $31,000 for a car and an annual physical.

Median employee salary: $18,097

Pay ratio: 871 to 1


9. William Brown, $14,016,133

Harris Corp.

Age: 56

William Brown, CEO of Harris Corp.
William Brown, CEO of Harris Corp.

Brown runs Harris Corp., a Melbourne-based technology company and defense contractor with customers in more than 100 countries. Harris grew out of three companies founded in the 1890s and now has 17,500 employees, including 7,900 engineers and scientists.

Brown, who holds three degrees including an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, has run the company since 2014.

Base pay: $1.3 million

Stock options and awards: $9 million

Other: $3.5 million

Perks: Nearly $5,000 in insurance premiums; $126,000 for Brown’s personal use of Harris-operated airplanes

Median employee salary: $97,422

Pay ratio: 144 to 1


10. James Foote, $13,781,988

CSX

Age: 65

James Foote, CEO of CSX.
James Foote, CEO of CSX.

Foote runs CSX, a rail transportation company with 20,500 miles of routes serving 23 states and two Canadian provinces — Ontario and Quebec. Based in Jacksonville, CSX has 22,500 employees, including 18,500 union members.

Foote, who took over the top job in 2017, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Base pay: $1.2 million

Stock options and awards: $8.8 million

Other: $3.7 million

Perks: An estimated $164,178 for use of corporate planes.

Median employee salary: $105,169

Pay ratio: 131 to 1

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Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corp., talks during an interview in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan/2015)
Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corp., talks during an interview in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan/2015)

11. Arnold Donald, $13,515,884

Carnival Corp.

Age: 64

Donald runs Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise ship operator. The Miami company has more than 100 ships that visit 700 ports. It employs 88,000 people.

Base pay: $1.5 million

Stock options and awards: $11.7 million

Other: $289,790

Perks: $126,929 for company aircraft; $24,000 car allowance.

Median employee salary: $16,622

Pay ratio: 813 to 1

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12. Kenneth Burdick, $12,697,176

WellCare Health Plans

Age: 61

 Kenneth A. Burdick, CEO of Wellcare Health Plans. (Courtesy WellCare Health Plans, Inc.)
Kenneth A. Burdick, CEO of Wellcare Health Plans. (Courtesy WellCare Health Plans, Inc.)

Burdick heads Tampa’s WellCare Health Plans, which manages health care for millions of patients with Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug plans. St. Louis-based Centene Corp. is in the process of buying WellCare. The deal is expected to close next year.

Base pay: $1.28 million
Stock options and awards: $11.4 million

Other: $2.9 million

Perks: $6,507 in supplemental disability and $200 in gift cards.

Median employee salary: $81,647

Pay ratio: 156 to 1


Mike Jackson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AutoNation, poses at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee/2006)
Mike Jackson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AutoNation, poses at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee/2006)

13. Mike Jackson, $12,472,579

AutoNation

Age: 70

Jackson headed up AutoNation. With headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, the automotive retailer has more than 235 stores and 85 repair centers across the country. Jackson retired earlier this year.

Base pay: $1.29 million

Stock options and awards: $9.1 million

Other: $2.1 million

Perks: $48,344 for corporate aircraft; $22,526 for life insurance.

Median employee salary: $56,259

Pay ratio: 222 to 1


14. Richard Fain, $12,422,715

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Age: 71

Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., rides one of two Flowriders on the company's Oasis of the Seas ship. [SCOTT KEELER, Times]
Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., rides one of two Flowriders on the company's Oasis of the Seas ship. [SCOTT KEELER, Times]

Fain became chief executive officer of Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises in 1988. The world’s second-largest cruise company operates about 60 ships and carried nearly 6 million passengers in 2018, according to Cruise Market Watch.

Base pay: $1.1 million

Stock options and awards: $7.7 million

Other: $3.7 million

Perks: $24,298 auto allowance; $23,650 for life insurance.

Median employee salary: $19.396

Pay ratio: 640 to 1

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Jabil CEO Mark Mondello talks to share holders and company officials in January 2018 during the company's annual shareholder meeting in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Jabil CEO Mark Mondello talks to share holders and company officials in January 2018 during the company's annual shareholder meeting in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

15. Mark Mondello, $11,396,365

Jabil

Age: 54

Mondello, 54, runs Jabil, a manufacturing services company and one of the largest companies based in the Tampa Bay area. Most of Jabil’s 199,000 employees work overseas.

Base pay: $1.15 million

Stock options and awards: $8.45 million

Other: $1.8 million

Perks: $4,596 for an executive physical.

Median employee salary: $5,091

Pay ratio: 2,238 to 1


16. Paul Reilly, $11,123,643

Raymond James Financial

Age: 65

Rose and Paul Reilly co-chaired the American Heart Association’s 61st annual Tampa Bay Heart Ball on March 30 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. [Amy Scherzer | Special to the Times]
Rose and Paul Reilly co-chaired the American Heart Association’s 61st annual Tampa Bay Heart Ball on March 30 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. [Amy Scherzer | Special to the Times]

Reilly took the helm of St. Petersburg’s Raymond James Financial in 2010. The investment bank and financial services provider has 12,500 employees in the United States, including about 5,000 in the Tampa Bay area.

Base pay: $500,000

Stock options and awards: $4.9 million

Other: $5.7 million

Perks: $55,847 in travel costs; $1,000 401(k) company match.

Median employee salary: $92,950

Pay ratio: 120 to 1


17. James “Joc” C. O’Rourke, $10,526,054

Mosaic Co.

Age: 58

James
James "Joc" C. O'Rourke, CEO of Mosaic. (Courtesy of Mosaic)

O’Rourke heads the Mosaic Co., which moved its headquarters from Minnesota to Tampa last year. The phosphate giant has large mining operations in Central Florida.

Base pay: $1.18 million

Stock options and awards: $5.6 million

Other: $3.8 million

Perks: $15,000 for financial and tax planning; $273,330 for relocation expenses; $7,508 spousal travel.

Median employee salary: $41,594

Pay ratio: 253 to 1


Mednax Company logo seen displayed on a smart phone. (© Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)
Mednax Company logo seen displayed on a smart phone. (© Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)

18. Roger Medel, $9,938,017

Mednax

Age: 72

Medel co-founded Mednax in 1979. The medical solutions company is based in Sunrise.

Base pay: $1 million

Stock options and awards: $8 million

Other: $938,017

Perks: $257,848 for a leased airplane; $130 for term life insurance.

Median employee salary: $90,996

Pay ratio: 109 to 1


Jeffrey A. Stoops (Bob Shanley/Palm Beach Post/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Jeffrey A. Stoops (Bob Shanley/Palm Beach Post/ZUMAPRESS.com)

19. Jeffrey Stoops, $9,101,986

SBA Communications

Age: 60

Stoops has been SBA Communications’ chief executive officer since 2002. The Boca Raton company owns hundreds of cell towers and other wireless infrastructure around the country.

Base pay: $950,000

Stock options and awards: $6.8 million

Other: $1.4 million

Perks: $15,599 for health and medical.

Median employee salary: $84,778

Pay ratio: 107 to 1


20. Raymond Quirk, $9,078,683

Fidelity National Financial

Age: 72

Quirk has run Fidelity National Financial since 2013. The Jacksonville company provides residential and mortgage services.

Base pay: $1 million

Stock options and awards: $4.7 million

Other: $3.4 million

Perks: $40,344 for an executive physical.

Median employee salary: $52,530

Pay ratio: 173 to 1


This April 11, 2017, photo shows Office Depot in Doral. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
This April 11, 2017, photo shows Office Depot in Doral. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

21. Gerry Smith, $8,922,720

Office Depot

Age: 56

Smith runs the well-known retailer Office Depot, which also includes the brands OfficeMax, CompuCom and Grand & Toy. Based in Boca Raton, the company has about 1,360 stores and 44,000 employees.

Base pay: $1.1 million

Stock options and awards: $6.5 million

Other: $1.3 million

Perks: $25,000 car allowance; $56,971 moving expenses.

Median employee salary: $36,988

Pay ratio: 242 to 1


Vector Group Ltd. President and CEO Howard Lorber leaves Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci/2016)
Vector Group Ltd. President and CEO Howard Lorber leaves Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci/2016)

22. Howard Lorber, $8,441,627

Vector Group

Age: 70

Lorber runs the holding company Vector Group, whose subsidiaries are Liggett Group (tobacco) and New Valley, a real estate company that owns all of Douglas Elliman, a real estate brokerage firm that recently opened an office in St. Petersburg. Vector is based in Miami.

Base pay: $3.25 million

Stock options and awards: $1.15 million

Other: $4 million

Perks: $505,892 for corporate aircraft.

Median employee salary: $67,667

Pay ratio: 125 to 1

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Kathy Marinello, then-chairman and CEO of Stream Global Services. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison/2013)
Kathy Marinello, then-chairman and CEO of Stream Global Services. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison/2013)

23. Kathryn Marinello, $8,005,121

Hertz Global Holdings

Age: 63

Marinello has run Hertz Global Holdings since 2017. The car rental company based in Estero has 10,000 locations around the world.

Base pay: $1.45 million

Stock options and awards: $4.8 million

Other: $1.8 million

Perks: $10,283 for corporate airplane; $25,000 for travel

Median employee salary: $33,278

Pay ratio: 241 to 1


Marriott's Lakeshore Reserve is next to the main Marriott Hotel on John Young Parkway. (George Skene/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)
Marriott's Lakeshore Reserve is next to the main Marriott Hotel on John Young Parkway. (George Skene/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

24. Stephen Weisz, $7,628,764

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Age: 68

Weisz became chief executive officer of Marriott Vacations Worldwide in 2011. The Orlando company has about 23,000 employees.

Base pay: $925,000

Stock options and awards: $4.3 million

Other: $2.3 million

Perks: $900 for life insurance premiums

Median employee salary: $35,933

Pay ratio: 212 to 1


25. Shelley Broader, $7,604,988

Chico’s FAS

Age: 55

Shelley Broader, CEO of the Chico's FAS chain of women's clothing stores. (Times file)
Shelley Broader, CEO of the Chico's FAS chain of women's clothing stores. (Times file)

Broader ran the Fort Myers-based women’s retailer Chico’s FAS for 3½ years, before she abruptly resigned in April.

Base pay: $1.1 million

Stock options and awards: $6.5 million

Other: $4,813

Perks: N/A

Median employee salary: $6,242

Pay ratio: 1,218 to 1


26. Nathaniel Dalton, $7,538,535

Affiliated Managers Group

Age: 52

Dalton became CEO of Affiliated Managers Group in May 2018 after his predecessor was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The international investment management company is based in West Palm Beach.

Base pay: $650,641

Stock options and awards: $4.85 million

Other: $2 million

Perks: Profit sharing, life insurance

Median employee salary: $146,010

Pay ratio: 52 to 1


The Ryder Chanje V8070 electric medium-duty truck. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan/2017)
The Ryder Chanje V8070 electric medium-duty truck. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan/2017)

27. Robert Sanchez, $7,351,625

Ryder System

Age: 53

Sanchez has been chief executive officer of Ryder System since 2013. The Miami company is best known for its fleet of rental trucks.

Base pay: $820,080

Stock options and awards: $4.79 million

Other: $1.7 million

Perks: $10,000 in charitable matching gifts; $1,417 for life insurance premiums.

Median employee salary: $44,769

Pay ratio: 164 to 1


28. Jose Mas, $7,275,847

Mastec

Age: 47

Workers apply stucco to the outside of the clock and cell tower in Rio Vista Park in Rio Rancho, N.M. The structure is being built by Mastec Network Solutions for AT&T. (© Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal/ZUMA Wire/2014)
Workers apply stucco to the outside of the clock and cell tower in Rio Vista Park in Rio Rancho, N.M. The structure is being built by Mastec Network Solutions for AT&T. (© Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal/ZUMA Wire/2014)

Mas has run Coral Gables-based Mastec since 2007. The construction and engineering company builds cell towers, gas lines and energy plants, among other large-scale commercial projects.

Base pay: $1.05 million

Stock options and awards: $3.1 million

Other: $3.1 million

Perks: $23,988 car allowance; $25 gift card for company anniversary or holiday.

Median employee salary: $77,544

Pay ratio: 94 to 1


29. Liz Smith, $7,217,956

Bloomin’ Brands

Age: 56

Liz Smith. (Courtesy of Bloomin' Brands)
Liz Smith. (Courtesy of Bloomin' Brands)

Smith was chief executive officer at Bloomin’ Brands for a decade before she stepped down earlier this year in what the company called a planned succession. She remains executive chair of the board. The Tampa-based company’s brands include Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill.

Base pay: $1 million

Stock options and awards: $4.5 million

Other: $1.7 million

Perks: $4,902 for life insurance.

Median employee salary: $10,453

Pay ratio: 691 to 1


THE REST OF THE TOP 50


Albert H. Nahmad, Chairman, CEO of Watsco Inc. (Jose A. Iglesias/Miami Herald/TNS)
Albert H. Nahmad, Chairman, CEO of Watsco Inc. (Jose A. Iglesias/Miami Herald/TNS)

30. Albert Nahmad, $7,117,698

Watsco

Age: 78

A Miami company, Watsco boasts of being the largest distributor of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment in the industry.

Median employee salary: $47,786

Pay ratio: 149 to 1


31. Rakesh Sachdev, $7,045,239

Platform Specialty Products

Age: 63

Fort Lauderdale’s Platform Specialty Products, now known as Element Solutions Inc., produces specialized chemicals for use in everything from smartphones to food packaging.

Median employee salary: $49,275

Pay ratio: 143 to 1


Jeremy (Jerry) Fowden of Cott Corp.
Jeremy (Jerry) Fowden of Cott Corp.

32. Jerry Fowden, $6,979,490

Cott Corp.

Age: 62

Cott Corp. is a beverage maker and distributor. It’s one of the 10 largest companies in the Tampa Bay area based on revenues.

Median employee salary: $42,834

Pay ratio: 163 to 1

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33. George Zoley, $6,963,460

GEO Group

Age: 69

George Zoley of the GEO Group. (© Taylor Jones/Palm Beach Post/ZUMA Press/2007)
George Zoley of the GEO Group. (© Taylor Jones/Palm Beach Post/ZUMA Press/2007)

Boca Raton-based GEO Group runs private prisons and detention facilities and also provides security services.

Median employee salary: $37,112

Pay ratio: 186 to 1


Heico Corp. and Chairman Laurans A. Mendelson, center, with sons Eric A., left, Victor H. who manufacture airplane parts in Hollywood. (Miami Herald/1998)
Heico Corp. and Chairman Laurans A. Mendelson, center, with sons Eric A., left, Victor H. who manufacture airplane parts in Hollywood. (Miami Herald/1998)

34. Laurans Mendelson, $6,753,991

Heico

Age: 80

Heico, based in Hollywood, is an aerospace, industrial, defense and electronics company, whose products are found on commercial and military aircraft, industrial turbines, missiles and targeting systems.

Median employee salary: $58,276

Pay ratio: 116 to 1


Chairman and chief executive officer of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, left, and New York Stock Exchange President William Johnston applaud following the listing of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. on the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Adam Nadel/1997)
Chairman and chief executive officer of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, left, and New York Stock Exchange President William Johnston applaud following the listing of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. on the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Adam Nadel/1997)

35. Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, $6,666,331

Fresh Del Monte Produce

Age: 77

Abu-Ghazaleh bought Fresh Del Monte Produce in 1996 and took the company public in 1997. The Coral Gables company is best known for its fruits and vegetables.

Median employee salary: $5,525

Pay ratio: 1,207 to 1


36. James Gattoni, $5,469,699

Landstar System

Age: 57

Landstar System is a transportation and logistics company based in Jacksonville.

Median employee salary: $43,699

Pay ratio: 125 to 1


World Fuel Services chairman and CEO Michael Kasbar. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
World Fuel Services chairman and CEO Michael Kasbar. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

37. Michael Kasbar, $4,893,113

World Fuel Services

Age: 62

World Fuel Services is an international middleman of sorts, marketing and financing commercial fuel. Based in Miami, the company is one of the largest publicly traded companies in Florida and often makes it into the Fortune 100.

Median employee salary: $57,984

Pay ratio: 84 to 1


38. Lawrence Silber, $4,827,763

Herc Holdings

Age: 62

Herc Holdings is one of North America’s largest equipment rental companies. The Bonita Springs company was founded in 1965 and has traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 2016.

Median employee salary: $82,300

Pay ratio: 59 to 1


Tech Data CEO Rich Hume looks on during a celebration for his predecessor Bob Dutkowsky. (Times file)
Tech Data CEO Rich Hume looks on during a celebration for his predecessor Bob Dutkowsky. (Times file)

39. Rich Hume, $4,815,613

Tech Data

Age: 59

Tech Data, Tampa Bay’s largest company by revenues, buys equipment from major suppliers including Apple, HP and Cisco and ships it to customers through logistics centers worldwide, six of them in the continental United States.

Median employee salary: $54,160

Pay ratio: 93 to 1

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Charles 'Chuck' Sykes, CEO of Sykes Enterprises, speaks at Cafe con Tampa in Tampa. (Times | 2018)
Charles 'Chuck' Sykes, CEO of Sykes Enterprises, speaks at Cafe con Tampa in Tampa. (Times | 2018)

40. Charles Sykes, $4,345,895

Sykes Enterprises

Age: 56

Tampa-based Sykes Enterprises is known for its call centers that primarily serve the communications, financial services, health care, technology and transportation industries.

Median employee salary: $10,450

Pay ratio: 416 to 1


41. David Dunkel, $4,289,262

Kforce

David Dunkel is CEO and chairman of Kforce Inc. of Tampa. (Times file | 2003)
David Dunkel is CEO and chairman of Kforce Inc. of Tampa. (Times file | 2003)

Age: 65

Based in Tampa, Kforce is a professional staffing company with about 60 field offices around the country.

Median employee salary: $39,585

Pay ratio: 108 to 1

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J Powell Brown, of Brown & Brown Insurance. (Times | 2005)
J Powell Brown, of Brown & Brown Insurance. (Times | 2005)

42. J. Powell Brown, $4,189,041

Brown & Brown

Age: 51

Brown & Brown is an insurance company based in Daytona Beach.

Median employee salary: $66,650

Pay ratio: 63 to 1


Hubertus Muhlhauser is the former chief executive officer of Welbilt. He left last year to take a job with CNH Industrial N.V. (Douglas R. Clifford | Times)
Hubertus Muhlhauser is the former chief executive officer of Welbilt. He left last year to take a job with CNH Industrial N.V. (Douglas R. Clifford | Times)

43. Hubertus Muhlhauser, $4,178,349

Welbilt

Age: 49

Welbilt, a commercial kitchen appliance-maker, is based in New Port Richey. Muhlhauser left in September to head up CNH Industrial N.V., which designs and makes construction and other equipment. The pay ratio below is based on his annual salary as if he had stayed.

Median employee salary: $47,561

Pay ratio: 78 to 1


TopBuild CEO Jerry Volas, center, is interviewed on the trading floor after ringing the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
TopBuild CEO Jerry Volas, center, is interviewed on the trading floor after ringing the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

44. Jerry Volas, $4,156,751

TopBuild

Age: 64

Daytona Beach’s TopBuild bills itself as the country’s largest installer and distributor of insulation. The company, which also sells gutters and garage doors, employs about 10,300 people.

Median employee salary: $51,511

Pay ratio: 81 to 1


Masonite International president and CEO Fred Lynch
Masonite International president and CEO Fred Lynch

45. Frederick Lynch, $4,107,092

Masonite International

Age: 55

Founded in 1925, Masonite International builds doors and accessories. The Tampa company has about 10,000 employees and contract workers.

Median employee salary: $40,974

Pay ratio: 100 to 1


Dycom Industries, Inc. Construction engineering company logo seen displayed on a smart phone. (© Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)
Dycom Industries, Inc. Construction engineering company logo seen displayed on a smart phone. (© Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)

46. Steven Nielsen, $3,873,949

Dycom Industries

Age: 56

Dycom Industries supplies skilled workers to the telecom, oil and gas, and other industries. The Palm Beach Gardens company has about 15,000 employees and 500 field offices.

Median employee salary: $49,524

Pay ratio: 78 to 1


Colorful Tupperware products at a Tupperware party in Bellflower, Calif. (AP Photo/Garrett Cheen/2011)
Colorful Tupperware products at a Tupperware party in Bellflower, Calif. (AP Photo/Garrett Cheen/2011)

47. Patricia Stitzel, $3,638,245

Tupperware Brands

Age: 54

Stitzel became CEO of Tupperware Brands in May 2018, taking over from E.V. (Rick) Goings. Headquartered in Orlando, Tupperware Brands still offers kitchen storage products, along with personal care and cosmetics brands Avroy Shlain, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics and Nuvo. The pay ratio is based on a hybrid of Stitzel and Goings’ salaries.

Median employee salary: $22,790

Pay ratio: 160 to 1


48. Richard Burke, $3,551,039

Advanced Disposal Services

Age: 54

Advanced Disposal Services is the country’s fourth-largest solid waste company. Based in Ponte Vedra, it has about 6,000 employees and 200 locations.

Median employee salary: $57,668

Pay ratio: 62 to 1


49. Todd Jones, $2,585,441

Publix

Publix CEO Todd Jones. (Business Wire)
Publix CEO Todd Jones. (Business Wire)

Age: 56

Based in Lakeland, Publix had 1,211 supermarkets and 202,000 employees at the end of 2018. Employees can buy Publix stock, but it’s not available to the public.

Median employee salary: $20,383

Pay ratio: 127 to 1

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50. Bob Fornaro, $2,405,551

Spirit Airlines

Robert Fornaro. (Times file)
Robert Fornaro. (Times file)

Age: 66

Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines offers more than 500 daily flights to 16 countries. Based, in Miramar, the company operated 128 Airbus planes last year.

Median employee salary: $47,871

Pay ratio: 50 to 1


Our methodology

This list is based on the 50 largest publicly traded companies in Florida. The Tampa Bay Times pulled the annual salaries from the latest U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

In several cases, a CEO resigned or otherwise left during the year. The Times generally used the CEO who was in place at the end of 2018 or the one the company used to calculate the CEO pay ratio.

The pay ratio is a CEO’s annual compensation compared to the pay of the median employee, which the companies report in their SEC filings. They include full- and part-time workers in the United States and abroad.

Times senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report.