Wells Fargo CEO Scharf's 2021 compensation up by 20% at $24.5 million

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Scharf’s compensation consisted of $2.5 million in base salary, a $5.4 million cash bonus, $10.8 million in performance shares awards and $5.8 million in restricted share rights, the filing showed.

The top boss had earned $20.3 million in 2020, a 12% drop from the previous year.

Scharf took over the reins at Wells Fargo in 2019, seeking to turn around the fortunes of the major Wall Street bank which has been in regulators’ penalty box since 2016 when details emerged about millions of phony accounts employees had created in customers’ names without their permission, to hit sales targets.

After a pandemic-induced slump in 2020, Wells Fargo recovered last year, with the bank’s shares jumping nearly 59% in 2021.

By comparison, Wall Street peer JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) paid top boss Jamie Dimon $34.5 million for 2021, while Citigroup (NYSE:C) Inc’s CEO Jane Fraser was paid $22.5 million.