Top 10 Highest Paid CEOs In America

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About Top 10 Highest Paid CEOs In America

The chief executives of America’s 500 biggest companies got a collective pay raise of 12% last year(2010) earning total compensation of $4.5 billion. That’s an average $9 million apiece. Exercised stock options account for the main component of pay, 30%. The average stock gain was $2.7 million.

In total these 500 executives earned $4.5 billion in 2010, which averages out to $9 million apiece. Value realized from exercised stock options was the main component of total pay, accounting for 30% again this year.

Below is the Top-10 Highest Paid CEOs In America:

#1 Stephen J Hemsley

UnitedHealth Group

Salary and bonus: $3.3 million

Stock gains: $ $98.6 million

One-year total compensation: $102.0 million

Stephen J Hemsley has been CEO of UnitedHealth Group (UNH) for 4 years. Mr. Hemsley has been with the company for 14 years. The 58 year old executive ranks 1 within Health Care Equipment & Services


#2 Edward A Mueller

Qwest Communications

Salary and bonus: $5.2 million

Stock Gains: $0.0

One-year total compensation: $65.8 million

Edward A Mueller has been CEO of Qwest Communications (Q) for 4 years. Mr. Mueller has been with the company for 4 years. The 64 year old executive ranks 1 within Telecommunications Services


#3 Robert A Iger

Walt Disney
Salary and bonus: $15.5 million
Stock Gains: $21.2 million
One-year total compensation: $53.3 million

Robert A Iger has been CEO of Walt Disney (DIS) for 6 years. Mr. Iger has been with the company for 37 years. The 60 year old executive ranks 1 within Media


#4 George Paz

Express Scripts

Salary and bonus: $3.1 million

Stock Gains: $35.0 million

One-year total compensation: $51.5 million

George Paz has been CEO of Express Scripts (ESRX) for 6 years. Mr. Paz has been with the company for 13 years. The 56 year old executive ranks 2 within Health Care Equipment & Services

#5 Lew Frankfort

Coach

Salary and bonus: $3.6 million

Stock Gains: $44.8 million

One-year total compensation: $49.5 million

Lew Frankfort has been CEO of Coach (COH) for 15 years. Mr. Frankfort has been with the company for 32 years. The 65 year old executive ranks 1 within Household & Personal Products

#6 Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren

Salary and bonus: $20.8 million

Stock Gains: $15.9 million

One-year total compensation: $43.0 million

Ralph Lauren has been CEO of Polo Ralph Lauren (RL) for 43 years. Mr. Lauren has been with the company for 43 years and is its Founder. The 71 year old executive ranks 2 within Household & Personal Products

#7 John C Martin

Gilead Sciences

Salary and bonus: $3.7 million

Stock Gains: $35.8 million

One-year total compensation: $42.7 million

John C Martin has been CEO of Gilead Sciences (GILD) for 15 years. Dr. Martin has been with the company for 21 years. The 59 year old executive ranks 1 within Drugs & Biotechnology

#8 James T Hackett

Anadarko Petroleum

Salary and bonus: $4.5 million

Stock Gains: $17.2 million

One-year total compensation: $38.9 million

James T Hackett has been CEO of Anadarko Petroleum (APC) for 7 years. Mr. Hackett has been with the company for 7 years. The 57 year old executive ranks 1 within Oil & Gas Operations

#9 John T Chambers

Cisco Systems

Salary and bonus: $5.0 million

Stock Gains: $31.6 million

One-year total compensation: $37.9 million

John T Chambers has been CEO of Cisco Systems (CSCO) for 16 years. Mr. Chambers has been with the company for 20 years. The 61 year old executive ranks 1 within Technology Hardware & Equipment

#10 Ivan G Seidenberg

Verizon Communications

Salary and bonus: $6.0 million

Stock Gains: $0.0

One-year total compensation: $36.7 million

Ivan G Seidenberg has been CEO of Verizon Commun (VZ) for 16 years. Mr. Seidenberg has been with the company for 45 years. The 64 year old executive ranks 2 within Telecommunications Services


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