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10 Highest-Paid CEOs in the Nation

Corporate America

The highest-paid CEOs in America's 350 largest firms earned, on average, a whopping $16.3 million last year. This amount topped the 2013 average by $1.3 million.

Rising CEO compensation hasn't snuck past investors though - instead, it's become a rather controversial topic. Do these boss hogs really deserve such colossal salaries?

Here's a look at the highest-paid CEOs in America and how they compare to their companies' performance...

The Highest Paid CEOs in America

It's a big number: $4.7 billion. That's how much the 10 most well-compensated CEOs in America collectively took home in 2012. All made in excess of $100 million, but those at the very top slipped into 10-figure territory. That's right, we're talking about compensation of more than $1 billion a year.

Is anyone really worth that kind of money?

Top 10 CEO Severance Packages

When most corporate employees leave their jobs, it means the end of the paycheck.

But many executives at the top of the corporate ranks leave with a golden parachute, enabling them to live comfortably regardless of their reasons for leaving. Just check out the list below of Top 10 CEO severance packages.

One executive you won't see on the list: Groupon Inc. (NYSE: GRPN) embattled former CEO Andrew Mason. While the news of Mason's firing wasn't too shocking, what was surprising is the $378.36 retirement package he walked away with.

That's not a typo.

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