Plenty of people dream of climbing the corporate ladder to get the corner office with a view — and of course the lavish compensation that comes with it. But being the head honcho means more than just a hefty paycheck.
In 2012, for example, the money spent on perks like private jets and housing subsidies grew 18% year-over-year, according to preliminary data from Equilar reported by The New York Times — as if the normal million-dollar paydays, stock options and bonuses aren’t enough.
Granted, perks still make up a tiny fraction of the overall pay despite that huge increase. But considering the median compensation for CEOs in 2012 came to more than $14 million, even a tiny fraction is more than what most of us take home over the course of 12 months.
Plus, many executives enjoy the extras even when they aren’t steering their companies to success. Shares of the company with the highest-paid CEO on this list, for example, ended 2012 with double-digit losses … and that’s while the S&P 500 enjoyed double-digit gains.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 highest-paid CEOs from last year, based on companies that had reported through March 29 and had at least $5 billion in annual revenue.