2. Blake R. Grossman, $33.7 million
Blake R. Grossman, $33.7 million
BlackRock Chairman & CEO Laurence Fink
Title: Former Vice Chairman
Company: BlackRock (BLK)
CEO: Laurence D. Fink, $23.8 million
Pay difference: $9.8 million

Grossman's compensation got a boost following Blackrock's 2009 acquisition of Barclays Global Investors, where he had been CEO. He ultimately pulled in close to $34 million during his year at the firm, though he forfeited a stock award worth $10.7 million upon leaving at the end of 2010. Still, not bad for a year's work. --J.O.

Source: Equilar, Inc.


Methodology: Total compensation is calculated as the sum of base salary, discretionary and performance-based cash bonuses, the grant-date fair value for stock and option awards during the fiscal year, and other compensation like earnings on deferred compensation, benefits and perks. Equilar, an executive compensation research firm, looked at CEOs at 1,000 of the largest public U.S. companies as measured by revenue. Pay data based on companies' fiscal year end of Dec. 2010 unless otherwise noted. Cash compensation and stock and options increases may not add up exactly to total compensation increases due to rounding.
By Stacy Cowley and James O'Toole @CNNMoney - Last updated January 06 2012: 5:23 PM ET
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