2008 Total compensation*: $2.64 million
Another young moneymaker in the healthcare field, Rodriguez is a top executive at DaVita, an El Segundo, Calif.-based operator of kidney dialysis centers and related health services with $5.6 billion in sales. Rodriguez handles the company's relationships with insurance companies and is responsible for the operation of 300 dialysis clinics.
Prior to joining DaVita in 1998, he worked for Baxter Healthcare Corp. and was director of operations for CBS Marketing in Mexico City. Rodriguez studied finance and marketing at Boston College, then earned an MBA from Harvard.
Source: Equilar Inc.
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Note: To be eligible for the 20 highest paid list, candidates had to be 39 or younger on Nov. 1, 2009.