America's highest-paid CEOs

Pay packages for chief executives at the nation's largest publicly traded companies are soaring again. Which execs are hauling in the most -- and how are their companies performing?

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Apr 4, 2012 12:15PM
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Kobe Bryant makes 25 million a year in salary and 28 million in endorsements. Why don't people complain about that? And that is for playing a game.
Apr 4, 2012 12:46PM
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No man is worth what CEOs are getting paid.  No one.  It's a company scam that just keeps getting worse.
Apr 4, 2012 1:17PM
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Just so some of you understand, and I suspect that many of you that support high wage CEO's are young and enthusiastic just starting in your careers...and I mean starting 15 or less years.  Be very careful what bridges you walk on and/or burn....for if you fall in the water, for some...drowning is your only option.  While those that have developed strong relations of fairness and respect, always seem to get a helping hand out to safety.  In business it is not the CEO's that makes the company or Corporation great, but the people under him/her that are willing to go the extra mile for the company and their leaders....you don't get that kind of respect by being greedy and non respectful.  It may work for a while...but in the end, one really does reap what they so...one way or the other.  My wife and I are now retired, and I was the founder and I guess you would call me a CEO of a small company, but I never felt that way, I always had my sleeves rolled up and never asked anyone that worked for me to do something I wasn't willing to do myself right along side of them. The company worked on a very simple model, give the workers, the ones that made the company successful, profit sharing opportunities. Before I left I started two educational scholarships for their families, I took what I earned in my own profit sharing, and the rest I left for them...the workers that gave me my incredible life. I have never regretted any of my decisions. Capitalism is out way of saying...the harder you work, the more rewards you recieve, but from experience, you can't do it alone. Its OK to get rich...thats the American way...but respect those that helped you attain your vision and goals, that too is the American way. In the scope of time....we are only here for a very quick blink of the eye .... when you are searching for that inner piece in your golden years.....the smiles on those faces that you helped .... Pricless!
Apr 4, 2012 1:54PM
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I know this FACT.

 

My daddy grew up dirt poor.  Joined the Marines, three kids, his parents didn't leave him a dime.  He worked his butt off, saved his money, invested his money and he got to retire at 55 and my momma got to see them hit their $1M mark before cancer took her.  Of course he's a republican.

 

Folks it called the American Dream...it takes hard work and it also takes wanting a government that isn't in favor of taking what you EARNED and giving it to folks that didn't earn it...could have..but didn't.  Sure help the needy, but needy and lazy are two different apples.

 

Go to work, quit sticking out your hand and have a dream...whats stopping you?

Apr 4, 2012 12:02PM
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Here is the biggest problem facing our country, in fact, facing the whole world.
Apr 4, 2012 12:51PM
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So I am guessing that the ones posting in here that think these CEO's are rightous in making these kind of saleries, and everyone else is just slackers????  Tell that to the ones that worked their asses off, work hard in school, worked hard at their job, good family provider, but yet despite the CEO's making record wages and bonuses of the hard working backs of their employees....these workers, and managment, and exec offiecers still lost their homes...their pensions....they lost everything, and know...because they are hard workers...are working at minimum wage jobs just to put some food on the table.  And you all think that is what makes the USA great??? You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
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I alway thought teamwork made companies sucessful.  I must be wrong.  We all are totally screwed. 
Apr 5, 2012 5:51PM
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Right! lay off 20 % of your worker so they can get government Assisted and 99 wks..Then you Bit*h about Obama the food stamp man...Just so you can get your millions...You better get all the money now and spend it before you go to HELL...
Apr 4, 2012 12:09PM
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Who are the highest paid government workers who will retire at age 55 and take home close to the salary they earned while working until they die in 30 to 40 years? I like to know the ones who will have lifetime medical benefits at the expense of the private sector worker and the cost of all this.  It's bankrupting our states and there is nothing we can do about it because they have a union contract that says they can't be fired and their pension is guaranteed. This is millions of dollars too.  This is what I want to know and talk about. 
Apr 4, 2012 12:42PM
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I have seen it first hand- Corporations cut pay and benefits while increasing workload to give the appearance of higher profits so the people at the top can wrangle higher compensation. Shameless example of standing on the shoulders of others to reach the cookie jar.
Apr 5, 2012 1:15PM
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If a corporation is paying it's top execs $multi-million salaries, while at the same time paying their employees squat with little or no benefits, or they're outsourcing the work, how is that NOT corporate greed? 
Apr 4, 2012 4:02PM
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Its frustrating really. It's not just the CEO"s reaping the benifits. I work for a major corporation that once again denied their ground level employees a decent  raise. Last year it was 2%, while this year it went down again to 1%. We found out the regional manager got a bonus of $177,000. The manager also got a hefty lot. The reason for their bonus was that they cut hours, and offered no overtime yet still expected the same work to be done in less time.  When I questioned this unfair policy, I was told that I was not held to work for that company if I wanted to take employment elsewhere . It was my choice. How sad regular employees are put in that position.
Apr 4, 2012 12:50PM
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I have nothing against someone who has worked hard to build their company making money, but this is disgusting. The money made by the companies, and the work done to bring that money in, is not solely due to the person at the top of the pyramid. It is the sum of everyone in that company doing their job. Yes even the janitor is included in that. CEO's like these perhaps need to remember that they are only able to live as they do because of the people who work for them. People like these do not have what they do because they work "hard" for it. People like these have what they do because they are basically slave owners.
Apr 4, 2012 12:39PM
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American consumers can put a stop to this putrid example of GREED.

 

Boycott these companies by not purchasing their products.

 

It's that simple, and yes you can vote with your dollars.

Apr 4, 2012 1:54PM
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Before everybody starts vilifying the CEO's of our country, why not first take a look at all of your coveted athletes and actors. Just search for yourself and open your minds before whining about corporate America.
Apr 4, 2012 12:22PM
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And the salt on the wound is that more and more of their compensation is paid in stock incentive, not salary.  This means that more of their compensation will be taxed at the 15% rate.  Each dollar of my small pay raise (2%) is going to be taxed at the marginal rate of 25%, yet these fat cats only get taxed at 15%.  And no, these guys cannot lose money because they are taking stock; almost every company guarantees a stock buy back price that will get them their LT gain.  So the up side is that the stock increases even more so in value, and they make a bigger killing, or the down side is that the stock decreases and the company has to buy it back to guarantee them their $10M yearly compensation package.  As a regular worker I sure wish I could get that type of deal with my company.
Apr 4, 2012 2:16PM
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I'm all for earning what you can, but some of these 'salaries" are so far out of line with the profitability of the companies.  If instead theses CEO's earned $5 million rather than $10 million (still a handsome income), that extra $5 million could create 100 jobs paying $50,000 a year.  Think of the difference that these other jobs could make in many other lives- probably a lot more than that extra $5 million to the CEO who already has as many houses and material things that he/she would ever need.
Apr 4, 2012 7:29PM
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Oh man this is exciting! They going to create MILLIONS of jobs for us now right?

I wonder what jobs they are going to create. If the 1% has all the money…what are the 99% going to buy?...Nah…I’m sure demand is limitless…no matter how many jobs we ship overseas, or how many factories we shut down…or how stagnate wages become…High demand will ALWAYS be there.

The 99%...The people that make the demand…they don’t need any money…the 1%...they need the money.

Apr 6, 2012 8:59PM
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Ridiculous !!! People can't afford medication or healthcare, but that yahoo can reel in $131M a year. Him and all the other drug company CEO'S should be ashamed.
Apr 4, 2012 10:22PM
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Nothing wrong with them making that much money as long as all their employees are making good wages and have good health care through the company. The CEO's didnt make all that money all by themselves and they should share the wealth with those who helped them get there.
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