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Playing for Pay: How Did Big Financial CEOs Stack Up in 2011?

Executive compensation vs. performance still looks out of joint

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James Gorman, Morgan Stanley

2011 Compensation: ~$13 million

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) CEO James Gorman stepped into some tough shoes when he took the CEO chair in 2010. Gorman’s stock has soared over the years, and his compensation package of $13 million shows what the board thinks of his efforts — even if he “deferred” some of it during the year. Indeed, a 0.66% return on assets and 3.2% return on equity is a fine job — although a market loss of 44% to the stock and issues with the Facebook IPO might make some others think twice in 2012.

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