Bodyguards, chauffeurs, private jets, free booze and state-of-the-art security systems were all among perks received by the chief executives of U.S. public companies in 2012. Here's a rundown of the top rewards:
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According to executive pay research company Equilar, the median value of perks received by chief executives of large, listed U.S. companies in 2012 was about $160,000 (U.S.) – and that’s on top of their median pay of $9.7-million. Private jets like this one are, of course, a staple.
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Some of those perks are specifically tailored to the company. For instance, Wynn Resorts keeps a suite open all year at the Wynn Las Vegas for CEO Steve Wynn, at a cost of $452,000.
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Wynn says having its founder – who doesn’t own a home in Las Vegas – “in residence” is a “tremendous benefit to our guests and shareholders,” AP reports.
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Samuel Palmisano, former CEO of IBM, received an unusual gift when he retired: A $1-million office renovation. (We couldn't find a picture, but it's safe to assume it included walnut panelling.)
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And, to help out in his newly renovated office, Mr. Palmisano was guaranteed an administrative assistant for life. IBM told AP the gift was consistent with past practice.
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Assistance in purchasing or selling personal property is a common perk for top executives. Advanced Micro Devices, for instance, bought CEO Rory Read’s $790,000 home (not pictured) when he couldn’t sell it, and gave him another $180,000 to cover the rest of his mortgage which, sadly, exceeded the asking price of his home.
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Diebold Inc. cut back on executive perks, but retained country club benefits for CEO Thomas Swidarski at a cost of $72,280.
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Diebold said Mr. Swidarski, “more so that our other executives, would benefit from the business development and networking opportunities.” Mr. Swidarski resigned in January.
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Bermuda-based Axis Capital Holdings helps some executives cover the cost of a second home in Bermuda. New CEO Albert Benchimol received a $25,000 housing allowance last year – on top of his total remuneration, including stock awards, that could be worth more than $22-million.
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Las Vegas Sands spent $2.8-million on security for CEO Sheldon Adelson and his family.
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Adelson, shown with his wife Miriam Ochsorn, is a major donor to the Republican Party. His total pay last year was about $10.7-million.
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Amazon Corp. also provided a home security system for its CEO, Jeff Bezos, but spent just $1.6-million on it, according to GMI Ratings.
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And finally, Constellation Brands CEO Robert Sands received a $10,000 “product allowance” last year. The maker of Svedka vodka and Black Velvet whiskey said the cash would allow Mr. Sands, who made $7.7-million in 2012, to expand his “knowledge and appreciation of our products.”
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