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2. Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle
Total compensation: $84.6 million

2008 salary: $1 million
Bonus: $10.8 million
Perks: $1.5 million
Stock grants: $0
Stock options: $71.4 million

Oracle founder Larry Ellison is a perennial presence on lists of top-paid CEOs: He's amassed an estimated $26.6 billion in Oracle stock in the three decades since he created the company.

Oracle is weathering the recession better than most tech companies. Last year it continued its acquisitive streak, gobbling up rival BEA systems for $8.5 billion, and while it has struggled in some quarters to increase its earnings, it recently began issuing a cash divided to shareholders.

NEXT: 3. Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co.

Last updated April 06 2009: 1:16 PM ET
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