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Mr. Hemsley is the President and the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealth Group - nation's chief insurance company in stipulations of revenue and has been serving on this esteemed designation since November 2006. He has been working with the company for 14 years. 58 years old Mr. Hemsley ranks on the first position within the Health Care Equipment & Services.

Under his esteemed leadership, United always had a straightforward goals and mission and vision which also worked as the tool for enhancing the dollars for their firm. But Mr. Hemsley has totally a different target of the Obama Administration since this administration has implementing new laws for the health insurance companies’ administrative expenses which are part of the federal health care reform. The new products are managed by the case managers through phones, online video conferencing and webinars with the doctors throughout the day.

UnitedHealth Group under the correct leadership and guidance of Mr. Hemsley has continued to build and maintain a strong momentum across the enterprise and also in meeting their commitments to the customers and all those who have been serving them, which leads them towards the strengthening of their brand, developing a deeper culture for the future executives to come along with making UnitedHealth a better place to work at.

While addressing his shareholders in the Annual General Meeting of UnitedHealth Mr. Hemsley quoted that he is thankful for the 130,000 employees of the UnitedHealth who have been giving their consistent services along with practical and innovative ideas which is helping them in maintaining their brand name, and stake in the market as compared to their competitive rival firms. This statement depicts the bright side of Mr. Hemsley’s personality. He is the man who has foresightedness along with humor and respect for his employees. As per Mr. Hemsley, the business model of UnitedHealth is built around two platforms: 1) where they are serving all the health care benefit markets, commercial, Medicare, Medicare and medical military and 2) the Optum, which serves the health services needs of the health systems.

He essentially focuses on the three core competencies: clinical care insight, knowledge and experience in organizing the best available health care resources for serving the specific local market needs. It is evident from the above mentioned strategies and core competencies that Mr. Hemsley is a goal oriented person and has a long term vision for the company. Under his guidance UnitedHealth has achieved many successes and has also seen an increase in the number of shareholders.

Early Days and Education

Mr. Hemsley was born in 1952 and is White by ethnicity favoring the Republican Party. He attended the Fordham University in order to attain his degree of BA in the year 1974. He also serves as the trustee of the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota and also serves as the trustee of Minnesota Public Radio.

Mr. Hemsley took over as the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealth Group Inc. since November 30th 2006 and has been its President since January 2008. He had also served as the President of the UnitedHealth Group Inc. from May 1999 to September 2011. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the UnitedHealth Group since September 1998 until November 30, 2006. Initially he joined UnitedHealth in May 1997 as Senior Executive Vice President.

He also served as the Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer for Arthur Anderson. He has been the Executive Director of UnitedHealth Group Inc since February 2000. He also serves as the Member of the Board of Trustees for of University of St. Thomas and as the Director of the United Healthcare Services Company of the River Valley, Inc. and as a Trustee of the Minnesota Public Radio.

The Spark

Mr. Hemsley is one of the most powerful people anyone in the corporation would have heard. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s largest insurance company in terms of revenue, the UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Before joining the UnitedHealth Group Mr. Hemsley had a career at Arthur Anderson and he served on the designation of Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer. Graduating from the Fordham University in the year 1974, Mr. Hemsley has been more involved in the handling of the backdated stock options as revealed by the documents filed in the year 2008 in the Minneapolis District Court. He has been named as the country’s highest paid CEO by the He is also a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, which is the organization’s governing body.

By serving as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hemsley earns a total compensation of $13,394,832, wherein the total underlying options exercisable accounts to 28,509 while the unexerciseable options accounts for 85,527 while the shares acquired on exercise accounts for 1,200,000. In the year 2012 the total amounts of shares owned by Mr. Hemsley were 2,516,636.

Last year under the effective guidance of Mr. Hemsley UnitedHealth made $75 billion in terms of revenue and $4.6 billion in terms of profit and was also ranked 21 on the Fortune’s list of large corporations. A major chunk of American population i.e., 70% of the American population gets their insurance from the UnitedHealth Group.

His other affiliations can be named as Sempris LLC, Minnesota Public Radio Inc, University of St. Thomas, Ovations Inc, UnitedHealthcare Services Company of the River Valley Inc and the OptumHealth Inc. he has made any relevant changes in the system of the company wherein as per the frequent market changes the company will be able to adapt and evolve as per the market conditions. He has the capabilities in aligning the modern benefit design with consumer empowerment, effective clinical engagement and delivery system modernization by offering a distinct value to the customers.

These aligned capabilities framed by Mr. Hemsley continued to produce a sustainable cost performance advantage, consistent growth, and deeper relationships with the customers, care providers and plan sponsors. Needless to say that these framed and planned capabilities helped UnitedHealth Care in making a profit of $4.6 billion and an increase in the consumer database to 5 million in the last 3years apart from the existing consumer database.

Journey with UnitedHealth Group

His framed policies and foresightedness helped the company in acquiring the 21st rank in the Fortunes List of 500 corporations. In the year 2007, the company paid Mr. Hemsley $13.2 million. Despite the pay cut, Mr. Hemsley has a few perks for himself and travels on the UnitedHealth’s Corporate Jet, a Gulfstream Aerospace which costs something $ 37.5 million.

By training, Mr. Hemsley is an accountant and before joining UnitedHealth Group he had worked at Arthur Anderson. While in the course of moving up in the UnitedHealth he had to do a lot accounting work. Mr. Hemsley has incorporated most innovative practical technologies & incentives to modernize the health care and the administrative process. He has kept a perfect balance between the social and financial responsibility thereby leading towards protecting the capital and ensuring proper deployment of the capital.

He plans to invest to build and advance the core capabilities of the company by having durable market relevance and strengthening the competitive value and ensuring the capacity of the company to grow.


He is married and lives with his wife Barbara K. Hemsley in a lakeside mansion in suburban Wayzata, Minnesota which has a value of $6.6 million.

Awards & Accolades

Forbes Magazine ranks him at 296th in its 2009 Special Report on CEO Compensation
Named as the country's highest-paid CEO by
Business Weak reports his annual salary of $1, 30,000.
Forbes magazine ranks him at 296th position in its edition of 2009 Special Report on CEO Compensation.
FierceHealthCare newsletter estimated his compensation at $3,241,042. named him as the country’s highest paid CEO.
In the year 2010, Mr. Hemsley made $101.96 million.
In the year 2011, he was named as the highest paid CEO by the Forbes Magazine following a large amount of gains in the value of his stock ownership.
In the year 2011, the recent compensation as calculated by the Forbes Magazine was $48.8 million.
Professional Affiliations
Sempris, LLC
Minnesota Public Radio Inc.
University of St. Thomas
Ovations, Inc.
UnitedHealthcare Services Company of the River Valley, Inc.
OptumHealth, Inc.


  UnitedHealth Group Inc and other health insurers have been preparing for the health care overhaul for a few years now.
  The law is expected to add millions of new customers for insurers, but it also restricts how they provide coverage and imposes new taxes on the sector.
  We don't think the underlying issue has changed. The fact of the matter is coverage needs to be better ... costs need to be addressed more effectively, the system needs to operate more efficiently
  We will respond to ... how the market begins to evolve, and we will adapt to serve it.

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