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CEO pay is determined by a company’s board of directors. Those directors are compensated for the time they spend shaping the company’s strategy. Here’s what the Fortune 100 executives paid each other from 2008 to 2012.

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Myrtle S. Potter

Myrtle S. Potter

  • Between 2008 and 2012 she made
  • $74,484
  • as a director, more than 9% of all directors
  • Paid CEOs an average of
  • $7,268,265
  • in the last year of her directorship, more than 17% of all directors
  • Increased CEO pay by an average of
  • $500,000
  • between 2008 and 2012, more than 50% of all directors
  • Shares of her companies decreased by
  • 12.7%
  • between 2008 and 2012, better performance than 51% of all directors

The Myrtle S. Potter Stock Index

From January 2008 to June 2012, if you bought shares in companies when Myrtle S. Potter joined the board, and sold them when she left, you would have a -12.7 percent return on your investment, compared to a -10.4 percent return from the S&P 500.

Myrtle S. Potter's companies

Express Scripts Holding

April 1, 2012 to June 13, 2012

Other board members at Express Scripts Holding during this time were Frank Mergenthaler, Gary G. Benanav, George Paz and 9 more.

Her Yearly Compensation
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Amazon.com

April 1, 2004 to May 1, 2009

Other board members at Amazon.com during this time were Alain Monié, Jeffrey P. Bezos, John Seely Brown and 5 more.

  • Stock Performance is the difference between a director's stock index and the S&P 500.
  • A director's stock index is an unweighted index of company stock performances while they sat on the board.
  • CEO pay includes salary, bonuses, stock sales, and other payments.
  • Average CEO Pay is calculated using the last year a director sat on the board of each company.
  • Stock returns do not include dividends.
  • All directors refers to people who sat on the board of at least one Fortune 100 company between 2008 and 2012.

The Pay Pals project relies on financial research conducted by the Center for Economic Policy and Research.

Sources: Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Express Scripts Holding SEC filings (2012), Amazon.com SEC filings (2008, 2009).

By Shane Shifflett, Jay Boice, Hilary Fung and Aaron Bycoffe