12th Highest Salary: Jonathan W. Simons, Prostate Cancer Foundation
Compensation (2008): $880,801
As any man is well aware, prostate cancer is a problem that affects millions of Americans. According to the American Cancer Society, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and about 32,000 will die of the disease this year. The Prostate Cancer Foundation seeks to reduce these numbers, soliciting donations to fund high-risk, high-reward research in the fight against prostate cancer.
The group has come under fire, at least on CharityNavigator’s comment section, for the involvement of venture capitalist Mike Milken, who established the foundation in 1993. Current President and CEO Jonathan Simons, who joined the foundation in 2007, has a base salary that is twice what CEOs of similar charities receive, and with a $475,000 bonus in 2008, his compensation put him at number 12 on the list.