$12,478,979* | Brenda Barnes, chairman and chief executive, Sara Lee Corp.
Salary: $1,125,000 Bonus: $0 Stock awards: $8,294,558 Options awards: $1,818,260 Non-equity incentive pay: $2,192,161 Change in pension value and deferred compensation: $1,560,847 Other pay: $240,693 Perks included in other pay: Contributions to defined contribution retirement ($144,372), company-paid life insurance ($43,293), driver and use of automobile ($36,964), financial counseling ($14,438), entertainment expenses and product discounts ($1,627). How the company did in 2009: Sara Lee shares grew in value by 20 percent, ending 2009 at $12.18. The foodmaker swung to a $364 million profit from a loss the year before while revenues were down 2.5 percent to $12.89 billion. * Different from $15,231,519 on proxy statement. Adjusted for new accounting rules. Photo: Brenda Barnes, Sara Lee CEO spoke at the Chicago Network luncheon held at the Chicago Hilton in downtown Chicago. (Milbert O. Brown/Chicago Tribune)