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10. Samuel Palmisano: $21.2 million
Samuel Palmisano: $21.2 million
Company: IBM
Cash compensation: $7.6 million
Stock and options: $13.5 million

Palmisano's 2009 take includes $1.1 million in "other compensation," including $320,065 of personal travel on company aircraft. Because family members sometimes join him aboard IBM planes, the company adds, "Mr. Palmisano has contributed $63,000 to the IBM International Foundation to fund contributions to Columbia University."

Source: Equilar Inc.

NEXT: Robert J. Stevens: $20.5 million
Last updated April 06 2010: 4:17 PM ET
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Note: Total compensation includes actual salary received, discretionary and performance-based bonus payouts, the grant-date fair value of new stock and option awards and other compensation. If relevant, other compensation includes severance payments. Equilar, an executive compensation research firm, looked at 200 CEOs at the 199 largest companies (Motorola has co-CEOs) that filed their 2009 proxies as of March 26, 2010. All companies have revenue greater than $5.7 Billion. The list includes companies with fiscal year-ends spanning from May 31, 2009 to January 31, 2010.
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