#2: Richard Bracken, HCA
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.