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The Decade’s 10 Highest-Paid CEOs

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is the highest-paid CEO of this decade, followed by Barry Diller of IAC/InterActive and Occidental Petroleum’s Ray Irani as billion-dollar earners, according to Wall Street Journal.

Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle Corp., topped the list of best-paid executives of public companies during the past 10 years, with $1.84 billion in compensation, according to WSJ. Ellison is also currently the sixth wealthiest person in the world.

Runner up Barry Diller received roughly $1.14 billion from IAC/InterActive and Expedia.com, the Internet travel site where he serves as chairman. He also is chairman of Live Nation Entertainment, a producer of live concerts. Diller’s previous business endeavors include serving as CEO of Fox, Inc. and as vice president of prime time television for ABC Entertainment.

Ranked the third highest-earning CEO, Occidental Petroleum’s head Ray Irani received around $857 million in compensation. Irani is a trustee of the University of Southern California and chairman of USC’s Board Personnel Committee, and vice chairman of the board of the American University of Beirut.

Apple’s Steve Jobs came in fourth, with $749 million. Forbes recently ranked the business magnate the 136th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $5.5 billion. Jobs founded Apple in 1976 and co-founded Pixar Animation Studios in 1986, which has produced movies such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo.

The remaining six spots on the list were held by Capital One Financial Corp.’s Richard Fairbank ($569 million);  Angelo R Mozilo of Countrywide Financial ($528 million);  Eugene M. Isenberg of Nabors Industries ($518 million); Yahoo’s Terry S. Semel ($490 million); Cendant’s Henry R. Silverman ($482 million); and United Healthgroup’s William W. McGuire ($470 million).

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