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The 10 Best-Paid CEOs of 2012

The perks of being a head honcho just keep on growing

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#2: Richard Bracken, HCA

HCA185Total Compensation: $38.6 million
2012 Performance: +37%

At a glance, Richard Bracken looks to be the king of perks, as more than half his giant $38.6 million compensation from HCA came in the form of special compensation.

Digging deeper, though, just about all of it was from dividends as opposed to forms of spending like private jets and club dues. The healthcare company paid three special dividends over the course of the year: a $2 per share payout in February, a $2.50 payout in November and another $2 dividend in December.

Other top HCA executives besides Bracken also went home happy. The top five officers’ pay totaled more than $113 million last year, including $57.4 million in cash on their vested stock options.

The top dog himself also got a slight raise to $1.4 million in 2012, along with a twice-as-large year-over-year bonus of $3.6 million.

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