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10. Rupert Murdoch, News Corp (NWSA)

Total calculated compensation: $33.2 million
2011 stock performance: +22.5%
Change in revenue from 2010: +1.9%
Change in net income from 2010: +7.9%

Murdoch's annus horribilis in the courts, Parliament and the press didn't dent his compensation or the company’s overall performance, compared to 2010. News Corp. registered a 7.9 percent rise in profits over last year, earning Murdoch a baronial 46.5 percent raise in compensation, with a $12.5 million bonus to go with his $8.1 million salary alongside $8.5 million in restricted stock.

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