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Axios May 24
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The 10 highest-paid CEOs in America

Evan Vucci / AP

"The typical CEO at the biggest U.S. companies got an 8.5% raise last year, raking in $11.5 million in salary, stock and other compensation last year, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's the biggest raise in three years."

  • "The bump reflects how well stocks have done under these CEOs' watch. Boards of directors increasingly require that CEOs push their stock price higher to collect their maximum possible payout, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index returned 12% last year."
  • "Female CEOs once again saw bigger pay raises last year than their male counterparts, but they continue to account for only a small percentage of the overall ranks."