Gary Bettman, who has been NHL Commissioner since 1993, has accumulated the 4th largest NHL fortune over the years with over $US 110 million, behind Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby, and Alex Ovechkin. And that’s without knowing his salary for the first 12 years of his tenure. Assuming an annual salary of $US 1M during those years, he would rank #2, under Jaromir Jagr.
As points of comparison, John Ziegler, who was NHL President for 15 years, earned an annual salary of $US 225,000, the equivalent of about $US 909,000 in today’s dollar, in the late 1970s. In 1943, Red Dutton earned $US 13,505, the equivalent of $US 200,000 in today’s dollar. Frank Calder, who held the job for 26 years as the first NHL President, earned $US 10,812 ($US 169,609 today) on his last year in 1942-43 while he was paid $US 1,080 ($US 15,428 today) early on, in 1922.