Survey reveals 'astronomical' payday bonanza for billionaire CEOs

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The top ten US CEOs have earned over $100m each for the first time, with two CEOs earning more than $1bn over the course of 2012, according to a survey by GMI Ratings.

The survey revealed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg led the pack, taking home $2.27bn last year, equivalent to $6m a day. Richard Kinder of energy firm Kinder Morgan followed suit, earning $1.1bn for the year by selling restricted stock, despite a base salary of just $1. Other CEOs included in the top ten were Apple's Timothy D Cook, who earned $143m; and Starbucks Corporation's Howard Schultz - who earned $117m. Total earnings between the top ten CEOs from this year's GMI Ratings 2013 CEO Pay Survey amounted to $4.7bn. The highest earners received the majority of their pay for th...

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