13. James M. Cracchiolo

Title: Chairman and CEO, Ameriprise Financial (AMP)
MBA: New York University
Total Compensation: $18,214,764
Take-Home Pay: $10,224,454

Career Highlights: Cracchiolo has 25 years of experience in global financial services under his belt. His titles at American Express have included chairman of American Express Bank, president and CEO of Travel Related Services International, and executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Shearson Lehman Brothers. Cracchiolo became chairman and CEO of Ameriprise Financial in 2005, when American Express completed the spin-off of American Express Financial Advisors. Cracchiolo has led Ameriprise's transformation into one of the world’s biggest money managers. Shares in the company were up 34 percent for the year as of Nov. 24.

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