Who’s Who: Arizona’s Top-Earning CEOs

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.