Apple, Oracle and Google paid their CFOs the most last year, at $68.6 million, $51.7 million and $38.7 million, respectively. Facebook's and Intel's CFOs are the other tech executives in the top 10 for CFO pay.
Banks are easing terms for corporate borrowers and, in some cases, lowering spreads to attract business, according to a Federal Reserve survey of senior loan officers. An improved economic forecast and a desire to stay competitive against other lenders are among respondents' reasons.
William Shakespeare is an early example of a writer who took control of his business affairs, Oxford University researcher Bart van Es says. Shakespeare gained power and creative freedom by obtaining shares in a theater company, van Es says.