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Top-Paid U.S. CEO Emerges With $142 Million Pay Package

Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Charif Souki emerged as the highest paid U.S. executive in 2013, receiving $142 million and beating Gamco Investors Inc.’s Mario Gabelli and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group’s James Levin.

Souki’s compensation last year included a $133 million stock award that vests as his company hits certain financial and operational goals, according to a regulatory filing yesterday from the Houston-based natural-gas exporter, which has never posted an annual profit. He also received a $3.68 million cash bonus and a salary of $800,000, the filing shows.