According a report on CEO compensation in 2018 from The New York Times, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was paid nearly $2.3 billion last year. This is more than the next 65 highest-paid CEOs combined. Tesla has had its share of turmoil over the last year, and its stock price has fallen dramatically since the start of 2019. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. CEOs make a lot of money, but Elon Musk blew his competition out of the water in 2018, according to a new study by The New York Times.