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8. John Thain
John Thain
Chairman and CEO
Merrill Lynch & Co. (MER)

2007 Total compensation: $83.8 million*

* Thain joined the company in December 2007. 2007 total compensation includes his annualized base salary.

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Last updated September 29 2008: 1:17 PM ET
Source: Equilar Inc.
Note: Total compensation includes annualized base salary, discretionary and performance-based bonus payouts, the grant-date fair value of new stock and option awards and other compensation. If relevant, other compensation includes severance payments. Equilar Inc., an executive compensation research firm in Redwood Shores, Calif., prepared the chart by looking at companies with more than $1 billion in revenues that filed proxies by Aug. 15.
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