Here Are the 10 Highest Paid CEOs You Should Befriend


GMI Ratings released its annual 2013 CEO Pay Survey in late October, and as was to be expected, its findings highlighted jaw-dropping figures earned by the executives of North American’s largest publicly traded companies.

The report explains that its Top Ten List of Highest Paid CEOs is based on analysis of 2,259 North American publicly traded companies, and includes the 2,250 CEOs whose tenure spanned the past two consecutive years. This year’s GMI Ratings findings are also especially significant because the results represent the first time two identified CEOs have earned more than $1 billion in a single year.

In addition, all ten CEOs on its list earned at least $100 million, and reveals that CEO pay is still on the rise. Here is GMI Ratings’s ranking of the top 10 highest paid CEOs, based on 2012 data.