Icahn Enterprises (IEP)
2008 Total compensation*: $3.00 million
It can't be easy working for takeover king and activist investor Carl Icahn, so it's not surprising the pay's good.
At Icahn's holding company of diversified interests, Meister oversees gaming and real estate holdings. He's also a senior investment analyst at Icahn's High River Limited Partnership and is a director of the Icahn Fund. Prior to working for the billionaire, Meister co-founded an IT and software venture capital fund and worked in investment banking at Lazard Freres.
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Note: To be eligible for the 20 highest paid list, candidates had to be 39 or younger on Nov. 1, 2009.