Company: Occidental Petroleum
Cash compensation: $6.6 million
Stock and options: $24.8 million
Irani, who perpetually tops pay lists, steered the company back to success in 2009. The energy company's stock rose faster than its peers last year, recovering almost all of its stock losses in 2008.
Like Ellison, Irani has made a killing by exercising stock options: Two years ago, he pocketed more than $180 million worth of options. Despite the stock's performance, some shareholders are fed up with Irani's sky-high paydays: The company's shareholders approved a "say on pay" rule last year, which goes into effect in the 2010 annual meeting.
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