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  • Top 10 Highest Paid CEOs In America 2011

    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:

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    #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

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    #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

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    #3 Robert A Iger

    Walt DisneySalary and bonus: $15.5 millionStock Gains: $21.2 millionOne-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

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    #4 George Paz

    Express Scripts

    Salary and bonus: $3.1 million

    Stock Gains: $35.0 million

    One-year total compensation: $51.5 million

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    #5 Lew Frankfort

    Coach

    Salary and bonus: $3.6 million

    Stock Gains: $44.8 million

    One-year total compensation: $49.5 million

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    #6 Ralph Lauren

    Polo Ralph Lauren

    Salary and bonus: $20.8 million

    Stock Gains: $15.9 million

    One-year total compensation: $43.0 million

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    #7 John C Martin

    Gilead Sciences

    Salary and bonus: $3.7 million

    Stock Gains: $35.8 million

    One-year total compensation: $42.7 million

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    #8 James T Hackett

    Anadarko Petroleum

    Salary and bonus: $4.5 million

    Stock Gains: $17.2 million

    One-year total compensation: $38.9 million

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    #9 John T Chambers

    Cisco Systems

    Salary and bonus: $5.0 million

    Stock Gains: $31.6 million

    One-year total compensation: $37.9 million

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    #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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