Apple’s Angela Ahrendts is the highest paid woman in the US

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Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores was the highest paid female executive in the US last year.

According to Bloomberg's calculations she was paid $82.6m in 2014 - this included a signing-on bonus when she joined Apple, and a make-whole grant to compensate for incentives that she left behind in her previous post as the head of Burberry.

 

2013 interview while Ms Ahrendts was Burberry's chief executive  

She is the first female to join the Apple senior management team, she started working with the company as it began to plan the launch of the Apple Watch - its first new product announcement since the passing of former CEO Steve Jobs.

Apple has described her as an "extraordinary addition to the company’s executive team with the experience and ability to lead both the retail and online businesses."

The tech firm did not comment on the Bloomberg calculation, but it has addressed her pay in the past, saying:

"In determining her transition package, the Compensation Committee considered Ms. Ahrendts’ compensation arrangement at Burberry and the amounts that she was expected to receive in future years. At the time, Ms. Ahrendts was among the highest paid executives in the UK and held unvested Burberry equity awards with a value of approximately $37m."

It continues, "She also received cash and perquisites from Burberry that exceeded $5m annually, which was significantly higher than the cash opportunities provided to the Company’s executive officers."

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