The New York Times took a look at 2011 proxy filings and released a list of the 200 top-paid CEOs in corporate America. While the list contains its fair share of investment bankers and oil company leaders, CE and retail execs did all right for themselves too. In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook was the best-compensated CEO last year, bringing in a cool $378 million in total compensation.
Some familiar well-paid corporate chiefs included Oracle’s Larry Ellison, at $77.6 million, and Motorola Mobility’s Sanjay Jah, who was paid $47.2 million for selling his company to Google. His counterpart at Motorola Solutions, Greg Brown, made $29.3 million.
Other familiar faces on the list:
- J.C. Penney’s Ron Johnson ($53.3 million);
- Verizon’s Lowell McAdam ($23 million);
- Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs ($21.7 million);
- Target’s Gregg Steinhafel ($19 million);
- Wal-Mart’s Michael Duke ($17.6 million);
- Intel’s Paul Otellini ($17.2 million);
- eBay’s John Donahue ($16.5 million);
- AMD’s Rory Read ($15.6 million);
- Texas Instruments’ Richard Templeton ($13.9 million);
- SanDisk’s Sanjay Mehrota ($12.2 million);
- Lowe’s’ Robert Niblock ($11.6 million);
- Intuit’s Brad Smith ($11.6 million); and
- Harman International’s Dinesh Paliwal ($11.5 million).