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May 11, 2003


[The May 11, 2003 issue of the [New York] Daily News has an article on heads of non-profit organizations who are still being paid high salaries at a time when their organizations are begging for money. Article is online at:

However, the online version does not have the accompanying table that appeared in the print version, which also includes Abe Foxman's salary. We reproduce that table below.]

New York's high-priced culture club

Nonprofit institution Employee Annual compensation

  1. Metropolitan Opera Association Joseph Volpe, general manager $1.06 million
  2. American Museum of Natural History Ellen Futter, president $470,362 (plus $440,000 from four corporate boards)
  3. New York Philharmonic Zarin Mehta, executive director $750,000
  4. Metropolitan Museum of Art Philippe de Montebello,director and CEO $866,583, including $253,963 for housing allowance
  5. Metropolitan Museum of Art David McKinney, president $601,905, including $126,984 for housing allowance
  6. Greater New York Hospital Assn. & affiliates Kenneth Raske, president $849,421
  7. New York Public Library Paul LeClerc, president $587,295, including $120,000 for housing allowance
  8. Sesame Workshop / Children's TV Workshop Gary Knell, president and CEO $576,170
  9. Museum of Television & Radio Robert Batscha, president $554,995
  10. Carnegie Hall Dennis O'Connell, stagehand $388,325
  11. Museum of Modern Art Glenn Lowry, director $571,072
  12. Vivian Beaumont Theater Boyd Gaines, actor $702,486
  13. Vivian Beaumont Theater Karen Ziemba, actress $599,062
  14. Website note: Abraham Foxman, wealthy and controversial chief of the Anti Defamation League, likes to refer to himself as a "Holocaust survivor." As a biography on this website shows, he was not even born when Hitler invaded his native Poland, and he was looked after by Polish Catholics throughout the war; his parents also "survived".

    Vivian Beaumont Theater Bernard Gersten, executive producer $380,460
  15. Anti-Defamation League & affiliates Abraham Foxman, national director $405,609
  16. Phoenix House & affiliates Mitchell Rosenthal, president $565,485
  17. Brooklyn Museum of Art Arnold Lehman, director $461,912
  18. Brooklyn Academy of Music Karen Brooks Hopkins, president $210,800
  19. Whitney Museum of American Art Maxwell Anderson, director $572,426
  20. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art Thomas Krens, director $556,141, including $75,000 foregone interest on housing loan
  21. Frick Collection Samuel Sachs, director $555,293
  22. Manhattan Theater Club Barry Grove, executive producer $427,514
  23. Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum Lt. Gen. Martin Steele, retired, president and CEO $306,024
  24. Planned Parenthood Federation of America Gloria Feldt, president $433,536
  25. WNYC Radio Laura Walker, president and CEO $361,119
  26. New York Botanical Garden Gregory Long, president $267,982
  27. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Judith Zuk, president and CEO $190,363
  28. Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival George Wolfe, president $229,831
  29. American Ballet Theater Louis Spisto, executive director $352,687
  30. Natural Resources Defense Council John Adams, president $335,342
  31. New York Academy of Medicine Jeremiah Barondess, president $513,171
  32. New York City Opera Paul Kellogg, general and artistic director $339,000


Source: IRS Form 990s for tax-exempt organizations for fiscal years 2001 or 2002.


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