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How Much The Top Earning CEOs Made in 2008

Cashing In: The 10 Highest Paid CEOs and Their Compensation

Holy cash. The 10 highest paid corporate captains are raking in an astronomical amount of money, so much that it's difficult to conceptualize earning that much in one year. According to a new report from The Corporate Library, seven of the 10 made more than $100 million last year including salary and stock options. Check out what the top dogs made in the list below.

  1. Michael Jeffries, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.: $71,795,744
  2. Eugene Isenberg, Nabors Industries Ltd.: $79,333,079
  3. Mark Papa, EOG Resources, Inc.: $90,471,784
  4. Bob Simpson, XTO Energy Inc.: $103,485,972
  5. Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake Energy Corp.: $114,286,867

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  1. Michael Watford, Ultra Petroleum Corp.: $116,929,392
  2. John Hess, Hess Corp.: $159,566,940
  3. Ray Irani, Occidental Petroleum Corp.: $222,639,705
  4. Lawrence Ellison, Oracle Corp.: $556,976,600
  5. Stephen Schwarzman, Blackstone Group: $702,440,573
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hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Bob Simpson, XTO Energy Inc.: is 56 years old. He also FOUNDED and has been with the company for 19 years. This is actually indictive of the american dream: Starting a business and being successful. Wow what a concept! But gee willy they don't share more of their hard earned money with their employees. HOw much money does an actor, singer, or athlete make for one movie or one game? Do they share their wealth with their assistants and makeup artists? What about the fans who pay for a movie, cd, or a game?
syako syako 8 years
It's interesting to me that a clothing company's CEO makes so much. Ultimately, these are privately owned businesses. If you disagree with the amount the CEO is making don't buy their stock and don't buy their products or services. :shrug:
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
the fact that the petroleum heads make that much money just upsets me even more
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Most of that isn't actual money, it's the value of Schwarzman's stock shares from the IPO.
ShanC ShanC 8 years
What would anyone even do with $700mil? That's an absurd # and completely unnecessary.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Blackstone is a financial services company and Oracle is a software company. I know I've heard of Hess (and I'm picturing their logo right now), but I can't place it for some reason.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
Those numbers remind me of the Andy Sandberg quote on SNL's Weekend Update..."to give you an idea of how much money that is...I have no idea how much money that is" :)
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
What are all these companies anyways? I mean, obviously a bunch are energy companies (thanks for the high gas prices, guys!) but the only one on the whole list that I've even heard of is Abercrombie.
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