Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, and Dustin Hoffman did not take salaries for the movie 'Hook'. Instead, they split 40% of TriStar Pictures' gross revenues. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Adjusted for inflation the time when the president was paid the most was in 1909 earning $2,135,000 compared to the current salary of $400,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
George Washington's presidential salary in 1789 was 2% of the total U.S. budget. voanews.com/usa/all-about…
Peter Tabichi, a science teacher from rural Kenya who donated 80% of his salary to help poorer students, was crowned the world's best teacher of 2019, and was awarded with a 1M prize, beating 10000 other nominees from 179 countries. bbc.com/news/business-476…
A US IT worker outsourced is own job to someone in China at 1/5 the salary. He was only found out because a security audit discovered suspicious VPN activity. bbc.com/news/technology-2…
Thanks to the National Labor Relations Act, an employer cannot prohibit their employees from discussing their salary or wage levels with one another. nlrb.gov/guidance/key-ref…
TV series re-runs can be an absolute cash cow for the principal actors, earning them even more than their original salaries. In this way, Jerry Seinfeld has earned over $800M since Seinfeld ended. Ed O’Neil earns $19M per year from MWC, which ended in 1997. collider.com/galleries/wh…
In 1972, the Cardinals traded Steve Carlton to the Phillies for Rick Wise over a salary dispute. The Cardinals paid Wise what Carlton was seeking. That season, Carlton won 27 of Phillies' 59 wins, earning the 1st of 4 Cy Young Awards for them. His lifetime record vs the Cardinals was 38-14. baseballhall.org/discover…
At the end of each month, the president of USA receives a bill for him and his family’s personal food and expenses including dry cleaning, toothpaste, and toiletries, which is then deducted from his salary. headsup.boyslife.org/fast…
Micheal Jordan donated his first year wizards salary to 9/11 relief efforts edition.cnn.com/2001/US/1…
Jay Berwanger, the first NFL #1 overall draft pick, never played professionally. He held out because he wanted to stay an amateur for the Olympics, yet he missed the cut, and then a salary dispute of $1,500 ($28,000 today) led him to walk away from the NFL. He later regretted this decision. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay…
Today I learned about the Kafala system or indentured servitude prevalent in KSA, UAE, and is known to take advantage of domestic workers, confiscating passports and withholding salaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaf…
General George S. Patton didn't accept his military salary, and assigned it to the Army Relief Society. youtube.com/watch?v=Gz9lO…
Jonah Hill asked for $10,000,000 to play the Riddler in β€œThe Batman” (twice Robert Pattinson’s salary), even though he worked on β€œThe Wolf Of Wall Street” for only $60,000 en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned of Ruth Coker Burks. During the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, she used her salary as a real estate agent to provide support, medication and palliative care for more than 1000 AIDS patients whose families had abandoned them, and for some, burying them in her own family cemetery in Arkansas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Conan O'Brien paid his staff's (About 80 people) salary from his own pocket during the WGA strike, Later during the Tonight show debacle with Jay Leno He did the same thing again. deadline.com/2007/11/excl…
One of the chief executives of American Motors had a habit that every time he thought his salary and bonus was too high for a year, he would give the excess back to his company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 2012, a U.S. programmer was caught hiring a Chinese programmer to do all his work for 1/5th of his high-paying salary. His workplace later discovered he was spending all day mostly just watching cat videos. edition.cnn.com/2013/01/1…
After replacing River Phoenix (untimely death) for the role of Daniel Malloy in the movie Interview with a Vampire, Christian Slater donated his entire salary to Phoenix's favorite charitable organizations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
A historic Houston restaurant paid their employees salaries for 18 months while they were closed and rebuilding after a catastrophic fire. thedailycougar.com/2018/0…
Switzerland requires all Swiss males to serve at least 260 days in their military. If a male citizen chooses not to serve, they must pay a special tax of 3 percent of their salary. ch.ch/en/military-service…
In 2005 Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili fired all of the traffic police in his country, cutting 25,000 to 30,000 police from the payroll to fight corruption. He also increased the minimum weekly salary from $30-$40 to around $400 for the new officers. tandfonline.com/doi/abs/1…
Henry Ford allowed injured laborers to continue work from their hospital beds; screwing nuts on small bolts without getting out of bed. It was optional, but allowed employees to receive their normal salary while hospitalized. Ford believed the work to hasten their recovery. henry-ford.net/english/fa…
Alec Guinness agreed to be in Star Wars (Obi-Wan Kenobi) only after his initial salary was doubled, and that he would receive 2.25% of all gross royalties paid to George Lucas, and never have to make a publicity appearance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Emmy Noether, one of the most important mathematicians of all time, was denied a salary for 16 years because German universities objected to her being a women. aps.org/publications/apsn…
Jane Minor, a slave born in 1792, was freed due to her medical work during an epidemic in 1825. She spent her life buying the freedom of other slaves. She freed at least sixteen, some costing over $2000, on a salary of around $2-$5 per medical visit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Today I learned of Tibs the Great, British Royal Mail's "Number One Cat", who kept Post Office headquarters mouse-free for 14 years. He was considered an official employee, and his low salary was the subject of debate in the House of Commons. When he died in 1964 several newspapers ran obituaries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tib…
The Russian Church Photoshoped photographs of its Patriarch wearing an enormously expensive watch far exceeding his annual salary, but the botched image doctoring, lies and excuses lead to a scandal over the lavish lifestyle of the religious leader presenting himself as a moral figure. nytimes.com/2012/04/06/wo…
Pastors, just like any job has a salary. The average salary is $49,765. Reported salaries are highest at Presbyterian Church where the average pay is $62,315. An entry-level Pastor with less than 1 year experience earn an average $39,811. In their late career (20 years and higher) earn $53,276. payscale.com/research/US/…
Harper Lee’s friends gave her a full year’s salary for Christmas in 1956 so that she’d be able to take a year off from work to write. Lee used that time to write β€œTo Kill a Mockingbird,” which has since sold over 30 million copies. businessinsider.com/harpe…
Until the Salary Grab Act was passed in 1873, President Ulysses S. Grant earned the same salary as George Washington did 80 years earlier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Hugh Jackman took a pay cut to ensure "Logan" would be rated R. Since 'R-rated' films typically limit the overall audience that can attend, Jackman's reduced salary brought the budget down to an acceptable place to warrant an R rating. esquire.com/entertainment…
After a Black female postmaster was wrongly pressured out of her post in Mississippi in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt continued to pay her federal salary and punished the town by rerouting their mail to Greenville, 30 miles away aaregistry.org/story/minn…
James Dyson, partly supported by his wife's salary as an art teacher, spent five years and made about 5,127 prototypes until the launch of the famous vacuum cleaner that would not lose suction as it picked up dirt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The "tradition" of spending several months salary on an engagement ring was a marketing campaign created by De Beers in the 1930's. Before WWII, only 10% of engagement rings contained diamonds. By the end of the 20th Century, 80% did. bbc.com/news/magazine-273…
Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year moved to Texas in 2017 for a higher salary. npr.org/sections/ed/2017/…
The salary of the President of Laos is $1,600. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Keanu Reeves often foregoes some of his paycheck so that producers can bring on other notable actors. On The Devil's Advocate, he reduced his salary by a few million dollars so that they could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on The Replacements to be able to work with Gene Hackman. thelist.com/93417/ways-ke…
In 2007, ESPN's Dan Patrick was asked to become the host of The Price is Right. The stipulation was that his salary wouldn't be disclosed until he agreed to the contract. Patrick declined and later discovered it would have been $10 million per year. He openly regrets his decision to this day. espn.com/espnradio/play/_…
After Minnie Cox, the first black female postmaster was pressured out of her post, President Theodore Roosevelt continued to pay her salary and punished the town by rerouting their mail 30 miles away, in the end the atmosphere became so hostile that Mrs. Cox left for her own safety. postalmuseum.si.edu/Afric…
Congress voted to pay George Washington $25,000 a year during his presidency. After initially declining the salary, he ultimately accepted it to avoid setting a precedent whereby the presidency would be seen as limited only to independently wealthy individuals who could serve without any salary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There’s a theme park which offers children the experience of adulthood called KidZania. Instead of going on rides, kids can work in a variety of jobs, like fireman or pilot planes, and use their β€œsalary” in the gift shop or rent electric versions of luxury cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
In Denmark, they assess fines for drunk driving as follows: (blood alchohol percentage) x 10 x (monthly salary). wikitravel.org/en/Denmark…
Today I learned of Jose Mujica, the president of Uruguay from 2010-2015, he was known as the "the world's humblest head of state" as he gave away around 90% of his $12,000 monthly salary to charity. He also led an austere lifestyle; he lived on a farm than in the presidential palace and drove a 1987 VW beetle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
A New York City firefighter has a starting salary of $45k, but after five years their total compensation increases to $110k. www1.nyc.gov/site/fdny/jo…
Today I learned of a UK company called GrantTree, where workers get to decide their own salary and can review it as often as they like. bbc.co.uk/news/business-4…
The cast of FRIENDS entered collective negotiations with Warner Bros.' before season 3 and all 6 actors agreed to be given the salary of the LEAST paid cast member. They wanted to be a true ensemble and everyone featured equally. Near the end of the series they were all paid $1 million/episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Rob Gronkowski never spent any of his NFL salary money and lived strictly off of endorsements cnbc.com/amp/2018/08/20/n…
Steven Spielberg refused a salary for "Schindlers List," calling it "Blood Money." The film went on to become one of the most successful of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…

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