Total compensation: $46.4 million
Richard Bracken is chief executive officer of HCA Holdings, the
largest for-profit U.S. hospital chain. His compensation package included a cash payment of $21.4 million for stock options that vested during the year.
The Nashville, Tennessee-based company
recently reported profit that missed analyst estimates. A slowdown in
admissions growth and weakness in outpatient volumes have affected the
Still, shares have risen 23 percent this year, giving the
company a market value of $16.6 billion.