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    Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking during an event in San Francisco on March 7, 2012 in this photo, had the highest pay for 2011 at $377,996,537, according to the AFL-CIO. The national labor group launched its Executive Paywatch analysis 15 years ago to inform the public about growing inequality in labor wages, said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
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    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, shown speaking during the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 conference in San Francisco on Oct. 5, 2011, had the second highest CEO compensation at $77,556,016 in 2011, according to the AFL-CIO. Forbes' 2012 third richest person in the U.S. and the world's sixth richest with a net worth of $36 billion, Ellison has been CEO of the software company since he founded it in 1977.
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    LyondellBasell Industries CEO Jim Gallogly, photographed in Houston on Dec. 17, 2010, had the third highest pay in 2010, the most recently available data for that company. The Dutch chemical company paid Gallogy $77,061,964, according to the AFL-CIO.
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    CBS Corp president and CEO Leslie Moonves, pictured at an event at the Beverly Hilton on Nov. 17, 2011 photo in Los Angeles, had the fourth highest compensation at $57,729,020 for 2010, the year with the most recently available data for the media company.
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    Gamco Investors CEO Mario Gabelli, shown during an interview in New York, March 31, 2011, had the fifth highest CEO pay, according to the AFL-CIO. His total compensation in 2010 was $56,608,736.
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    J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson, shown in this undated photo, had the sixth highest compensation at $53,281,505 in 2011, according to the AFL-CIO, after leaving his role at Apple Inc. as senior vice president of retail operations.
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    McKeesson Corp. CEO John Hammergren had the seventh highest CEO pay in 2011, according to the AFL-CIO. Pictured during a Cleveland Clinic summit on Nov. 2, 2010, Hammergren received $46,149,360 for leading the health care company.
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    Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, shown at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) 2010 Cable Show in Los Angeles on May 11, 2010, had the eighth highest pay in 2011 at $43,123,552 .
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    Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav, shown at the 2009 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour on July 30, 2009, had the ninth highest pay according to the AFL-CIO. He was paid $42,589,296 in 2010 by the media company.
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    Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold CEO Richard Adkerson, pictured in London on Oct. 3, 2011, had the tenth highest CEO pay, according to the AFL-CIO. The metal mining company paid him $39,535,534 in 2010.
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