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10. Paul S. Amos II
Paul S. Amos II
President, AFLAC; COO, AFLAC U.S. Operations

Age: 34
2008 Total compensation*: $2.41 million

As the grandson of one of AFLAC's founders and son of its current CEO, Amos helped the insurance giant best known for its quacking duck mascot reach sales of $16.6 billion last year.

He's responsible for masterminding AFLAC's recent acquisition of Continental American Insurance Co. for $100 million -- the first time in 54 years AFLAC has bought another insurance company.

Source: Equilar Inc.

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Last updated February 24 2010: 12:57 PM ET
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Note: *Total compensation includes actual salary received, 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., chart by looking at Fortune 1000 companies with fiscal year ends ranging from July 2008 to June 2009 that filed proxies by October 5, 2009.

Note: To be eligible for the 20 highest paid list, candidates had to be 39 or younger on Nov. 1, 2009.
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