10. Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) may have been dropped from the Dow 30 this year, but holders of HPQ stock shouldn’t be griping too much. After all, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman — the ex-eBay (EBAY) chief and unsuccessful California governor candidate — has driven HPQ stock up almost 100% in 2013.
Sure, the hardware-focused company’s revenues continue to struggle in a software and cloud-driven world, but Meg Whitman has been doing her best to cut expenses and refocus the tech giant. Hewlett-Packard is reportedly getting back into the smartphone market with the launch of “phablets” in emerging markets, for example — a move that, if successful, could boost HPQ stock even more.
The Hewlett-Packard CEO has been working for $1 a year since coming aboard in 2011, but Meg Whitman is getting a heftier paycheck for her efforts: a delicious $1.5 million.