How the Rich Get Rich: These Tech CEOs Are Making Bank

CEO of Apple Inc. Tim Cook (L) talks with Chairwoman, President and CEO of IBM Ginni Rometty (R) and CEO of Daimler AG Dieter Zetsche (C) before the meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) during China Development Forum 2017 at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on March 20, 2017 in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Etienne Oliveau

Chief executives from the country's major technology companies dominated the list of the highest-paid CEOs of 2016, while one woman and one former Goldman Sachs' mainstay proved to be the outliers, according to Bloomberg's new Pay Index released Wednesday. co-founder Marc Lore led the ranking with more than $236.8 million in compensation last year, which largely came from completing its Wal-Mart's $3 billion acquisition of the e-commerce startup in September.

Apple's Tim Cook was next up at No. 2 with $150 million, standing as the highest-ranked tech titan, ahead of Google's Sundar Pichai ($106.5 million) at No. 4 and Tesla's Elon Musk at No. 5 with $99.7 million. Pichai actually saw his compensation dip substantially compared to 2015, when he sat at No. 3 with $151.9 million – mostly from stock he received prior to taking over in August 2015.

IBM's Virginia M. Rometty, the sole woman in the top 10, was sixth with $96.7 million as the decades-old tech scion gobbled up 15 companies and saw a 33 percent increase in revenues from its cloud service, reaching $8.6 billion compared to $5.3 billion at the close of 2015.

Meanwhile, John S. Weinberg, who was previously co-vice chairman at Goldman before leaving in 2015, sits at No. 3 with $123.9 million. He signed up with investment banking advisory firm Evercore Partners and essentially all of his earnings from last year came from signing-on with Evercore, according to Bloomberg.

Here's the top 10 compiled by Bloomberg.

Highest Paid U.S. CEOs of 2016

1.Marc Lore, Wal-Mart Stores $236.8 million

2.Tim Cook, Apple, $150 million

3.John S. Weinberg, Evercore Partners $123.9 million

4.Sundar Pichai, Alphabet Inc. $106.5 million

5.Elon Musk, Tesla $99.7 million

6.Virginia M. Rometty, IBM $96.7 million

7.Mitch Garber, Caesars Acquisition $91.1 million

8.Philippe P. Dauman, Viacom $87.8 million

9.Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. $83.6 million

10.Mario J. Gabelli, Gamco Investors $75.9 million