An Early Read on 2011’s Top 5 Paid CEOs
Jacob’s 17 percent increase in pay coming for a year in which Qualcomm’s total shareholder return, or stock price appreciation and dividend payouts, rose 14.7 percent.
Fourth Top Paid CEO for 2011
Number four on the list is Nicholas Howley, CEO of TransDigm .
The maker of aircraft components doling out nearly $18 million in stock options to its CEO last year, bringing Howley’s total compensation to $21.7 million, an 89% increase in a year total shareholder return rose a healthy 31.6%.
Fifth Top Paid CEO for 2011
The fifth highest paid CEO on the list, Randall Stephenson of AT&T .
The $18.7 million paid by the telecom giant, a 9% increase from Stephenson compensation in 2010, even as investors saw an 8% decline in total shareholder return last year.
As for median CEO pay, this early look at the numbers suggests pay in the C-suite jumped for the second year in a row. Median total compensation for the 100 CEOs reviewed by Steven Hall & Partners rising 7 percent to $6.1 million.
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*All numbers courtesy of Steven Hall and Partners.