Bill Gross’ $200m pay ‘not appropriate’, says PIMCO trustee; William Popejoy blasts boss of world’s largest bond fund, saying Bill Gross’ salary could pay for 2,000 teachers

Bill Gross’ $200m pay ‘not appropriate’, says PIMCO trustee

William Popejoy blasts boss of world’s largest bond fund, saying Bill Gross’ salary could pay for 2,000 teachers

By Katherine Rushton

4:50PM GMT 11 Mar 2014

Bill Gross is under pressure on a new front, after one of the trustees of his Pacific Investment Management Company said he is overpaid.

William Popejoy, a former financial executive who has been a trustee at the world’s largest bond firm for 23 years, said Mr Gross’ pay package, reported to be worth $200m a year, needs to be revised.

“You could hire 2,000 schoolteachers for that money. I don’t know what Bill should be paid, but $200m is not appropriate,” he told the LA Times.

The comments come at a difficult time for Mr Gross, who is already battling to shore up investor confidence, after he had a falling out with his longstanding business partner Mohammed El-Erian.

Mr El-Erian resigned from PIMCO in January, without giving a reason.

It was later reported that tensions between the two men had erupted into a major row, in which Mr Gross told Mr El-Erian: “I have a 41-year track record of investing excellence…What do you have?”

According to the report in the Wall Street Journal, Mr El-Erian responded, “I’m tired of cleaning up your s***.”

The public falling out has dominated the headlines and been the focus of gossip on Wall Street ever since.

Last week, Reuters claimed that Mr Gross accused Mr El-Erian of trying to “undermine” him by “writing” the Wall Street Journal report. PIMCO’s spokesman denied that Mr Gross had ever made the remarks Reuters attributed to him.

Whether he did or not, the public row has alarmed some investors in the $1.9 trillion Pimco fund.

Several US investment firms, including pension funds, have formally put Pimco on their “watch lists” in light of the apparent acrimony.


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