Ten Highest Paid CEOs of 2010 (MCK, OCR, TRW, VRSK, CVS, GGP, RL, VNO, AET, GBL)

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When it comes to executive pay, the amounts paid to today’s highest paid CEOs equals the GDP of a small emerging nation. The ten most highly compensated CEOs according to a recent survey by GMI took home about $770 million, more than the GDP of Vanuatu or Samoa, among others.
The GMI survey measures what the firm calls “total realized compensation,” which is further defined as “compensation that has been received by the CEO, rather than any notional estimates, accounting costs, or other uncertainties.” Here’s the list:

CEO

Company

Ticker

Compensation

John Hammergren McKesson Corp. MCK

$145,266,971

Joel Gemunder Omnicare, Inc. OCR

$98,283,242

John Plant TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. TRW

$76,841,646

Frank Coyne Verisk Analytics, Inc. VRSK

$69,416,726

Thomas Ryan CVS Caremark Corp. CVS

$68,079,823

Adam Metz General Growth Properties, Inc. GGP

$66,707,460

Ralph Lauren Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. RL

$66,651,515

Michael Fascitelli Vornado Realty Trust VNO

$64,402,468

Ronald Williams Aetna, Inc. AET

$57,787,786

Mario Gabelli GAMCO Investors Inc. GBL

$56,608,736

Paul Ausick