These Are the Highest Paid CEOs in America

For this week’s “top whatever” list, let’s take a look at some of the highest paid CEOs in the U.S.

Using data from the S&P 500, CNBC.com was able to identify the 21 CEOs with “the largest average compensation packages over the last four years, from 2007 to 2011.”

Figures for 2012 are incomplete (so they weren’t included).

“The source of the compensation data is CapIQ,” CNBC.com explains. “Compensation is defined as salary, cash bonus, stock awards, option awards, nonequity incentive plan, change in pension value, and all other compensation (such as contributions to 401(k)s and life insurance premium payments).”

CNBC.com also looked at each company’s year-to-date stock percentage gain.

So, without any further explanation, here are the top highest paid CEOs in America [all data via CNBC.com]:

David Cote

Honeywell International (HON)
Average compensation: $25 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 10.32 percent
CEO since: February 2002
With the company since: 2002
Age: 60

Kieran Gallahue

CareFusion.com

CareFusion Corporation (CFN)
Compensation: $25 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 5.19 percent
CEO since: February 2011
With the company since: 2011
Age: 49

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Corporation (RL)
Average compensation: $27 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 8 percent
CEO since: 1967
With the company since: 1967
Age: 73

Note: Lauren founded Ralph Lauren Corporation.

Miles White

Abbott Laboratories (ABT)
Average compensation: $27 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 13.36 percent
CEO since: 1998
With the company since: 1984
Age: 57

Brian Roberts

Comcast Corporation (CMCSA)
Average compensation: $27 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 49.3 percent
CEO since: 2002
With the company since: 1981
Age: 53

David Zaslav

Discovery Communications (DISCA)
Average compensation: $27 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 34.76 percent
CEO since: January 2007
With the company since: 2007
Age: 52

Louis Camilleri

Phillip Morris International

Philip Morris International (PM)
Average compensation: $28 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 4.98 percent
CEO since: April 2002
With the company since: 1978
Age: 57

Rupert Murdoch

News Corp. (NWSA)
Average compensation: $28 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 31.92 percent
CEO since: 1952
With the company since: 1952
Age: 81

Note: Murdoch inherited News Limited from his father in 1952; he later became founder, chairman and CEO of News Corp.

Michael Jeffries

Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF)
Average compensation: $29 million
Year-to-date stock gain: -14.17 percent
CEO since: February 1992
With the company since: 1992
Age: 68

Rex Tillerson

Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)
Average compensation: $30 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 1.55 percent
CEO since: January 2006
With the company since: 1975
Age: 60

Robert Iger

Walt Disney (DIS)
Average compensation: $33 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 25.79 percent
CEO since: October 2005
With the company since: 1974
Age: 61

David Simon

Simon Property Group (SPG)
Average compensation: $35 million
Year-to-date stock gain: 14.9 percent
CEO since: 1995
With the company since: 1993
Age: 51

[“Note: Simon is the son of company co-founder Melvin Simon. In July 2012, Simon’s shareholders rejected an eight-year compensation package that included a base salary of $1.25 million and stock awards valued at $132 million over eight years.“]

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