Compensation Kings: Top 15 U.S. CEOs

By Jordan Robertson and Bloomberg Rankings - 2013-07-11T23:22:29Z

Photograph by Dave Weaver/AP Photo

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14. James Crowe, Level 3

Total compensation: $40.7 million

James Crowe, who recently stepped down as CEO of Level 3 Communications, had a compensation package that included $23.9 million in stock and $13.2 million in options. Those lump-sum awards covered the entirety of his three-year employment contract.

Shares of the Broomfield, Colorado-based broadband services provider have fallen 6 percent this year, giving the company a market value of $4.8 billion. 

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