3. John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems. Bonus: $4,600,000, up 126.5 percent. Since becoming CEO in 1995, Chambers has pushed Cisco's annual revenue from $2.0 billion to over $40 billion. An expert in workplace learning, he served as a member of President George W. Bush's Education Committee in 2000. Cisco's sales for 2010 are $40.04 billion, up 10.86 percent; net income is $7.77 billion, up 26.62 percent.
4. Mark G. Parker, President and CEO, Nike. Bonus: $4,441,875, up 393.5 percent. Parker, who first went to work at Nike in 1979, became CEO in 2006. He has expanded the company's portfolio of brands to include Cole Haan, Converse and Hurley International. He's a believer in corporate responsibility. During his time as CEO, Nike has become a supporter of such foundations as "Girl Effect" and "Yellow Band." The company's 2010 sales are $19.01 billion, up 0.85 percent; net income is $1.91 billion, up 28.25 percent.
5. Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corp. Bonus: $4,368,800, down 19.6 percent. Starting in 1953 with a single, family-owned newspaper in his native Australia, Murdoch has built a media empire that now includes the tabloid New York Post, DIRECTV, Fox Entertainment Group and TV Guide. Among his latest ventures is The Daily, an iPad-only newspaper. He's been chairman of News Corp since 1991. And at age 79 he still boxes -- so watch what you say. Sales for 2010 are $32.78 billion, up 7.74 percent; net income is $2.54 billion, up from a loss of $3.31 billion the year before.