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That Bear Stole My Picnic Basket

For some CEOs, the market plunge means a billion or two less in the wallet

It may be hard to feel sorry for chief executive officers who routinely earn seven-figure salaries and get such corporate perks as use of company jets, country club memberships, and private chefs. But make no mistake: Individual investors aren't the only ones who have been suffering during the recent bear market for stocks.

Superstar CEOs have lost millions of dollars—and some of them, even billions—since the market hit its peak in October. BusinessWeek.com asked Capital IQ, a financial information firm, to analyze just how much money blue-chip CEOs have lost in their own companies' stock. (Capital IQ, like BusinessWeek, is a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.)