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7. Christa Davies
Christa Davies
CFO & EVP, Global Finance
Aon (AOC)

Age: 38
2008 Total compensation*: $3.84 million

Davies is the highest-paid executive woman on our list; no wonder she's also among our "Ones to Watch."

Before joining insurance brokerage Aon in 2007 as head of global finance, Davies spent more than a decade at Microsoft, where she most recently oversaw financials of its most profitable sector, the platform and services division.

Those jobs are a world away from her college major: Davies studied aerospace engineering at the University of Queensland.

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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