The CEOs of companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb have made millions on drugs, gaming and gambling, a new report has found.
The findings were published Tuesday by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit that monitors campaign finance.
The Center for Investigative Reporting has tracked the top five tech CEOs in recent years.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick earned more than $3 million from gambling and gambling-related business last year, the report found.
In contrast, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky earned $1.6 million from illegal gaming and casino-related businesses last year.
Uber’s chief executive, Anthony Levandowski, earned more money from illegal gambling than the average American worker made last year — $1,974 a week, according to the Center’s report.
Airbnb’s top exec, Anthony Breaux, earned $2.7 million from the same activities last year as the average worker earned last year; Airbnb’s CEO, John Zimmer, earned nearly $1 million from those activities.
“The CEOs of these top-tier companies are profiting from illicit gambling and other forms of illegal activity,” said Alex Greenberg, a research associate at the Center.
The report also found that Uber, Airbnb and Lyft, among other tech companies, have profited from illegal business practices like “deceptive pricing,” which allows businesses to charge lower rates to customers who don’t pay.
The study found that the CEOs of Uber, UberX and Lyft received a combined $1 billion in revenue from illegal activities in 2016.
They made the money through commissions and bonuses, which they then pocketed.
Airbnb CEO John Zimmer earned $3.6 billion from illegal businesses last season, the study found.
Lyft CEO Brian Chen earned $4.2 billion from gambling.
Uber was the second-largest recipient of illegal business income last year with $1 per ride.
Airbnb earned $934 million from its illegal activities, the Center found.