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Head of the Class: Highest-Paid CEOs With MBAs

Jefferies Group Chairman and CEO Handler

Photograph by Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Jefferies Group Chairman and CEO Handler

To aspiring chief executive officers currently making your way through B-School: These are the kinds of pay packages you may someday be able to look forward to.

Bloomberg Businessweek has compiled the 2012 compensation for some of the most handsomely paid chief executives that also have MBAs. Topping the list is investment bank Jefferies Group CEO Richard Handler, who was paid $19 million for the 2012 fiscal year and received $39 million in restricted stock awards for the next three years, bringing his total package to $58 million. The highest-paid woman on the list is Bloomin’ Brands (BLMN) CEO Elizabeth Smith, who took home total compensation worth $24.5 million, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Below we list others, including the schools where they got their MBAs and the value of their packages, which may include stock options and other awards:

Richard B Handler, (Stanford Graduate School of Business), Jefferies: $58 million (includes future pay)

John Watson (University of Chicago Booth School of Business), Chevron (CVX): $32.2 Million

Muhtar Kent (London City University Business School), Coca-Cola (KO): $30.5 million

John Donahoe (Stanford Graduate School of Business), EBay (EBAY): $29.7 million

James McNerney (Harvard Business School), Boeing (BA): $27.5 million

Jeff Immelt (Harvard Business School), General Electric (GE): $25.8 million

Elizabeth Smith (Stanford Graduate School of Business), Bloomin’ Brands: $24.5 million

John Stumpf (University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management), Wells Fargo (WFC): $22.9 million

Richard Fairbank (Stanford Graduate School of Business), Capital One (COF): $22.6 million

Indra Nooyi (IIM Calcutta), Pepsi (PEP): $14.2 million

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Zlomek is a reporter for Bloomberg News in New York.

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