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The top 25 fat cats

The decade’s biggest earners.

LARRY ELLISON, Barry Diller and Steve Jobs are some of the word’s top paid CEO’s over the past decade with total compensation in the billions.

Ellison, the CEO at software firm Oracle topped the Wall Street Journal’s list receiving a pay packet of over $1.84bn in the past ten years. And while some of these execs presided over huge gains for their respective companies, that’s not the case with everyone.

Oracle shareholders saw the value of their stock triple, while shareholders of Apple saw their stock soar nearly 12 times over. Others weren’t so lucky. Shareholders at computer manufacturer Dell, lost over 66% of the value of their stock during the decade, while CEO Michael Dell brought home over $454 million.

The analysis of included CEO’s salaries, bonuses, perks and gains from stock options.

Several of the world’s richest men aren’t among the top earners. Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway took home only a nominal salary while Bill Gates stepped down as an employee of Microsoft in 2008.

The Decade’s 25 Top Earners.

On foot of the WSJ list we’ve come up with our own list of Ireland’s top paid civil and public servants.