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World’s Most Expensive Employees

Who are the world’s most expensive or highest paid employees? Find out here.

There are high achievers in all fields of work who continue to make huge salaries even in recessionary times. Most of these leave the rest of paid workers in the dust. There are qualities—as well as the jobs done—that lead to their salary numbers.

Stephan Schwarzman is the co-founder of the public equity firm, the Blackstone Group. Time Magazine has listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Including his salary, equity and bonuses, Schwarzman took home $702,440,573 in a single year.

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The CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison, took the title of highest paid tech CEO away from Steve Jobs. Much of his income comes from the 23.4% of Oracle stock he owns which comes to a billion in shares. His total income in one year was $556,976,600.

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The top woman listed has been called the most influential woman on earth. Oprah Winfrey earned $275,000,000. A large amount of this income is from products branded with her name.

Oprah has created one of the most powerful media empires in the world. Her television talk show had an estimated 44 million viewers. Although her show has ended she will likely remain on the list for decades to come.

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Occidental Petroleum’s CEO Ray Irani made a yearly compensation of $222,639,705. Only $1.3 million in pay came from actual salary; another $3.6 million from bonuses; $33 million from other sources; and $184 million from the appreciation of his stock in the company.

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Many executives from companies worldwide are paid relatively “low” salaries and make most of their income from stock and bonuses.

The highest paid athlete is Tiger Woods who made $110,000,000. The majority of his income is made through endorsements such as Nike, Accenture and Gillette. Only $11 million of his total income came from tournament golf winnings. Tiger has a growing business designing golf courses.

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The top-selling female artist of the twentieth century is Madonna who made $100,000,000. Her tours have broken attendance records around the world although her album sales have slowed down.

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Tyler Perry retains full ownership of the movies he makes and puts his name on every work in which he is involved. That has helped him acquire an income of $75,000,000. In addition to his acting career, Perry has written and toured with several stage plays that have greatly increased his net worth.

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The four installments of the “Indiana Jones” series brought Harrison Ford $65,000,000. In the last film in the series, he chose to make income from the movie’s profits rather than taking a salary. This helped bump his total income to the large amount he brought in.

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Adam Sandler may play movie roles of down-and-out losers, but in reality the actor is far from a loser. His annual income from these endeavors came to $55,000,000. This is excellent compensation for someone who provides laughter to such a large audience.

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There are many more individuals who make salaries, stock options or product endorsements that bring in incomes far beyond the imagination of most ordinary individuals.

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