15. Brenda C. Barnes
Brenda C. Barnes
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Stepped down for health reasons 8/9/10)
Sara Lee Corp. (SLE)
2010 Total Compensation: $11,535,352 *

Source: Equilar Inc.

* Barnes took a medical leave of absence on May 14, 2010 and left the Company effective August 9, 2010.
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.
Last updated September 30 2011: 3:26 PM ET