Roche's Severin Schwan - CEO Pay

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Severin Schwan, Roche CEO

Severin Schwan - Roche

Total Compensation: $4.5M

Details: Schwan's salary for 2008 was just $4.5 million--nothing close to some of the other CEOs on this list. But he wins the award for the biggest overall percentage increase in pay from 2007 to 2008. The CEO of the Swiss-based company got a pay boost of almost 50 percent, despite seeing sales and net income decline--and its stock drop by about one-third--in 2008.

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