Explainer: Best paid CEOs of 2009: Where are they now?

  • The typical pay package for the head of a company in the Standard & Poor's 500 was $9 million in 2010, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data provided by Equilar, an executive compensation research firm. That was 24 percent higher than a year earlier, reversing two years of declines. Executives were showered with more pay of all types — salaries, bonuses, stock, options and perks. The biggest gains came in cash bonuses: Two-thirds of executives got a bigger one than they had in 2009, some more than three times as big.

    Here is a glance at the executives who made the AP's list of best-paid CEOs for 2009, and where they are now:

  • 1. Carol Bartz, Yahoo Inc.

    Image: Carol Bartz
    Manu Fernandez  /  AP file

    2009 pay: $47.2 million

    2010 pay: $11.9 million

    Status: Still CEO

    Bartz got fewer shares of stock and stock options last year than in 2009. That year, she got $42 million in stock and options granted to her around the time she was hired.

  • 2. Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp.

    Image: Leslie Moonves
    Julie Jacobson  /  AP file

    2009 pay: $42.9 million

    2010 pay: $56.9 million

    Status: Still CEO

    Moonves was rewarded as CBS stayed the No. 1 broadcast network. He received a $20 million cash bonus after CBS signed a 10-year deal with cable company Comcast to carry CBS content and extended its agreement to carry NCAA basketball. He also received a special $7.5 million bonus for his leadership in creating premium content for CBS.

  • 3. Marc Casper, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

    Image: Marc Casper
    Thermo Fisher Scientific

    2009 pay: $34.1 million

    2010 pay: $2.8 million

    Status: Still CEO

    Casper received no stock awards in 2010. In 2009, he got $19.6 million worth, plus options valued at $12.8 million. Those were granted as part of his promotion to CEO of the company, which makes scientific instruments.

  • 4. Philippe Dauman, Viacom Inc.

    2009 pay: $33.9 million

    2010 pay: $84.5 million

    Status: Still CEO

    Dauman's 2010 pay package pushed him to highest-paid on the AP list. He got a one-time award of $54.3 million in stock and options as part of his new contract with the entertainment company, which owns MTV, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures. His contract now runs through 2016. Asking price: $13,500,000

  • 5. J. Raymond Elliott, Boston Scientific Corp.

    Image: J. Raymond Elliott
    Boston Scientific

    2009 pay: $33.3 million

    2010 pay: $4.7 million

    Status: Still CEO

    Elliott didn't get any stock awards in 2010, and received far fewer options than the year before. When he was hired in June 2009, Elliott got stock and options valued at $29 million.

  • 6. Ray Irani, Occidental Petroleum Corp.

    Image: Ray Irani
    Occidental Petroleum  /  AP file

    2009 pay: $31.4 million

    2010 pay: $76.1 million

    Status: Became executive chairman on Friday

    Irani, who has served as CEO since 1990, got $58.5 million in stock and cash bonuses tied to 2007-10 performance targets. He received another $11 million in stock grants in 2010. Irani's pay, which has totaled about $225 million since 2006, has angered investors. Last May, Occidental shareholders voted against the company's executive pay plan. While that vote wasn't binding, Occidental announced in October it would the potential payouts for executives and tie more pay to performance.

  • 7. Glen Senk, Urban Outfitters Inc.

    2009 pay: $29.9 million

    2010 pay: $2.5 million

    Status: Still CEO

    Senk didn't get any stock awards as part of his 2010 pay package. The year before, got a $26.9 million stock grant. The women's retail chain said that the previous year's stock awards included performance measures that covered fiscal 2011.

  • 8. Brian Roberts, Comcast Corp.

    Image: Brian Roberts
    MSNBC-TV

    2009 pay: $27.2 million

    2010 pay: $31.1 million

    Status: Still CEO

    Roberts' bonus was a third bigger in 2010 than 2009. He was entitled to more, because the company hit pre-established goals for corporate cash flow and revenue growth, but Roberts and other Comcast executives declined the higher payout. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal, which is mostly owned by Comcast.)

  • 9. William Weldon, Johnson & Johnson

    Image: William Weldon
    Saul Loeb  /  AFP - Getty Images file

    2009 pay: $25.5 million

    2010 pay: $23.2 million

    Status: Still CEO

    Revenue has fallen for two years at the health care giant, which has also had an unprecedented string of recalls that have battered the reputation of medicines like Tylenol and its other household brands.

  • 10. Louis Camilleri, Philip Morris International Inc.

    Image: Louis Camilleri

    2009 pay: $24.4 million

    2010 pay: $20.6 million

    Status: Still CEO

    The cigarette maker granted Camilleri less stock during the year. Philip Morris sets Camilleri's pay by looking at pay trends at 17 companies, including Coca-Cola, Kraft and Pfizer, and placing Camilleri's in the upper-middle range of that group.

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