10. Edward A. Labry III, $20.7 million
Edward A. Labry III, $20.7 million
Edward Labry, First Data - North America President
Title: Formerly President, Retail and Alliance Services; named North America President, Jan. 2011
Company: First Data (FDC)
CEO: Jonathan J. Judge, $13.5 million
Pay difference: $7.2 million

First Data CEO Jonathan Judge, who joined the merchant payment processor in late 2010, took home the company's highest annual salary: $1.5 million. He also picked up a $5 million signing bonus.

But Judge hasn't been with the company long enough to cash in big on stock and option awards. That's where the company's North America president, Edward Labry, racked up nearly $17 million of his 2010 pay package. He also scored an unusual perk: a $10,000 cash benefit for "personal financial planning." Because $20 million is too much cash to just stuff into the piggy bank. --S.C.

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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