Thursday, July 18, 2024

Robin Hood Foundation: At Least a Dozen Execs Make Over $250K a Year Including Brother of Amazon Founder


This weekend it’s time for the annual Robin Hood Foundation gala. This is a dinner for multi-billionaires who donate large chunks of money, place humungous bids on auction items like a week on a remote island while being serenaded by the Rolling Stones. Stuff like that. The Foundation dispensed around $135 million a year to causes in the New York area in 2012

But it’s also good to work at the Robin Hood Foundation. It’s not like their executives are Mother Theresa. At least a dozen people on the staff earn more than $250,000 a year– a lot more. One of them is Mark Bezos, brother of Amazon founder and multibillionaire Jeff Bezos. He gets $371.000 a year according to the Robin Hood tax filing for 2012.

Mark Bezos is often written about because he’s a volunteer firefighter in Westchester County, New York. (He lives with his family in way upscale Scarsdale, far from the not exactly Sherwood Forest.) He may be the highest paid volunteer firefighter in the world. Mark Bezos is also on the board of the Bezos Family Foundation.

Bezos is not the highest paid Robin Hood exec. That distinction goes to David Saltzman– $646,406.  Runners up are Michael Weinstein at $523,328; and Deborah Winshel, $502,377. The lowest salary among the dozen is $256,599.

Total salaries for Robin Hood come to $15 million.

Nice work, if you can get it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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