Who’s Who: Arizona’s Top-Earning CEOs

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In 2009, the earnings of Arizona CEOs managed to increase from the previous year, despite the national average going in the opposite direction. So as we’re nearing the fourth-quarter final stretch of 2010, let’s see just what kind of figures our top-earning Arizona execs are aiming to best from last year.

In a report published in April on AZcentral.com, a site affiliated with The Arizona Republic, the following CEOs or chairmen of Arizona-based, publicly traded companies came out as the top-earners in 2009 of those earning $2 million or more.

1. $42.3 million, John G. Sperling, Apollo Group

2. $25.7 million, James R. Moffett, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

3. $25.3 million, Richard C. Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

4. $7.7 million, Steve Sanghi, Microchip Technology Inc.

5. $6.8 million, Robert J. Gillette, First Solar Inc.

6. $6 million, Richard A. Fennessy, Insight Enterprises Inc.

7. $5.8 million, Robert F. Moran, PetSmart Inc.

8. $5.1 million, James E. O’Connor, Republic Services Inc.

9. $4.4 million, Jonah Shacknai, Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.

10. $4.2 million, Phillip Francis, PetSmart Inc.

11. $3.9 million, Charles Edelstein, Apollo Group

12. $3.6 million, Keith D. Jackson, ON Semiconductor Corp.

13. $3.5 million, Gregory Cappelli, Apollo Group

14. $2.9 million, Jack E. Brucker, Rural/Metro Corp.

15. $2.8 million, William J. Post, Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

16. $2.8 million, Roy Vallee, Avnet Inc.

17. $2.5 million, Michael J. Ahearn, First Solar Inc.

18. $2.4 million, Donald Brandt, Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

19. $2.3 million, Jeffrey W. Lunsford, Limelights Networks Inc.

20. $2.3 million, Hamish N. Brewer, JDA Software Group Inc.

21. $2 million, Richard L. Federico, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

For information regarding how The Arizona Republic calculated earnings and tabulated the list, go here.

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