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Meet The 10 Highest Paid CEOs At U.S. Public Companies In 2017

It turns out, Hock Tan of Broadcom was the highest paid CEO in America in 2017, according to a new report from The Conference Board, which analyzed the largest pay packages awarded to CEOs at U.S. public companies – in partnership with Gallagher and MyLogIQ.

Others in the top five include Frank J. Bisignano of First Data ($102.2 million), Michael Rapino of Live Nation Entertainment ($70.6 million), Mario Gabelli of Gamco Investors ($69.4 million), and the now-departed Les Moonves of CBS at $69.3 million.

Overall, median pay for CEOs at U.S. public companies was $4.1 million last year, with Oracle’s Safra Catz ranking highest at No. 18 with $40.7 million.

At Live Nation Entertainment employee earning the company’s median salary of $24,406 would have to work for 2,893 years to earn the $70.6 million that Michael Rapino, the company’s chief executive, was awarded in 2017. Similarly,  at Time Warner, an employee earning the median pay of $75,217 would need to work for 651 years to earn the $49 million that its chief executive, Jeffrey Bewkes, made last year.

These are the highest-paid CEOs at U.S. public companies of 2017:

  1. Hock E. Tan ($103.2 million)
    Company: Broadcom
    Total compensation: $103,211,000
    #186 On Best CEOs In The World list.
  2. Frank J. Bisignano ($102.2 million)
    Company: First Data
    Total compensation: $102,210,000
    #502 On Best CEOs In The World list.
  3. Michael Rapino ($70.6 million)
    Company: Live Nation
    Total compensation: $70,616,000
    #542 On Best CEOs In The World list.
  4. Mario J. Gabelli ($69.4 million)
    Company: Gamco Investors
    Total compensation: $69,414,000
    #543 On Best CEOs In The World list.
  5. Leslie Moonves ($69.3 million)
    Company: CBS Corp
    Total compensation: $69,333,000
    #544 On Best CEOs In The World list. (Leslie Moonves has resigned 09/2018)
  6. W. Nicholas Howley ($61 million)
    Company: TransDigm Group
    Total compensation: $61,023,000
    #545 On Best CEOs In The World list.
  7. Douglas R. Lebda ($59.6 million)
    Company: LendingTree
    Total compensation: $59,591,000
    #547 On Best CEOs In The World list.
  8. Douglas S. Ingram ($56.8 million)
    Company: Sarepta Therapeutics
    Total compensation: $56,866,000
    #546 On Best CEOs In The World list.
  9. Ronald F. Clarke ($52.6 million)
    Company: Fleetcor Technologies
    Total compensation: $52,644,000
    #548 On Best CEOs In The World list.
  10. Jeffrey L. Bewkes ($49 million)
    Company: Time Warner
    Total compensation: $48,999,000
    #147 On Best CEOs In The World list.
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Jessica Todd Swift
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