Douglas Lebda of LendingTree Inc., earned $42.3 million in total compensation last year, making him the highest-paid CEO of a U.S. financial technology company and one of seven fintech CEOs to receive at least $20 million in compensation for 2018.
Still, Lebda's compensation was a 29.0% decrease year over year, mostly due to a large drop in option awards. The second-highest-paid CEO, Daniel Schulman of PayPal Holdings Inc., received $37.8 million in total compensation, $35.3 million of which came in the form of stock grants.
At No. 3, Tradeweb Markets Inc.'s Lee Olesky accumulated $22.7 million in total compensation last year, according to the company's March 25 S-1/A statement. Olesky's compensation included $12.5 million in option awards and $6.4 million in nonequity incentive plan compensation. He has been the company's CEO since Nov. 7, 2018. Tradeweb began trading on the Nasdaq in April.
Fidelity National Information Services Inc.'s Gary Norcross earned $18.5 million in total compensation, a 36.6% decline year over year. Charles Drucker, the former CEO of Worldpay Inc., which was acquired by Fidelity National on July 31, amassed $17.5 million in total compensation last year. Since the merger, Drucker has served on Fidelity National's board as vice chairman.