Masters of the universe: Meet the world's best-paid men There are some in this world who look upon bankers' pay as small change. They wouldn't even consider getting out of bed for the $13m (£8m) Goldman Sachs says it might end up paying boss Lloyd Blankfein this year. Such a trifling pay packet represents just a few days' work for these staggeringly well-paid financial executives. If bankers inhabit a different world, says London-based headhunter John Purcell, "these guys are out on their own in a different universe". 4 bn$ (salary + bonuses etc.) is simply outrageous ........ but at least they don't get paid for failures.