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Top 25 earners

The top 25 highest paid executives at publicly traded restaurant companies did well for themselves in 2010. Technomic researched filings on the 60 publicly traded companies coming up with a trove of data, from which these figures were distilled.

While Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz led the pack with $21.7 million in total compensation, it was McDonald’s with the most executives in the ranking—five—led by CEO James A. Skinner at $17.6 million.

Schultz was at the top of the heap despite a 22 percent decrease in his bonus from 2009, dropping to a puny $1.3 million, despite the chain’s profit margin increasing by a whopping 121 percent over the same time period.

Pulling up the bottom of the list is Roland C. Smith, CEO of the former Wendy’s/Arby’s Group (which saw a 190 percent drop in profits). Smith came in with a relatively modest $3.4 million.

Also of interest, the list is no longer the exclusive bastion of CEOs. Four CFOs and even two COOs made it in.

Company
Name, Title

2010 Total Compensation
Starbucks Corp.Howard Schultz, CEO
$21,733,013
McDonald’s Corp.James A. Skinner, CEO
17,574,125
Yum! Brands Inc.David C. Novak, CEO
14,613,906
Yum! Brands Inc.Jing-Shyh S. Su, CEO, China Div.
14,318,020
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.Steve Ells, Co-CEO
14,095,870
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.Monty Moran, Co-CEO
13,449,506
McDonald’s Corp.Ralph Alvarez, COO
9,955,538
Darden Restaurants Inc.Clarence Otis, Jr., CEO
7,656,703
Ruby Tuesday Inc.S.E. Beall, III, CEO
6,672,484
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.Michael A. Woodhouse, CEO
6,183,455
McDonald’s Corp.Timothy J. Fenton, President, Asia, Middle East, Africa
6,129,118
McDonald’s Corp.Denis Hennequin, President, Europe
5,678,020
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.Jack Hartung, CFO
5,620,539
Yum! Brands Inc.Graham D. Allan, CEO, International
5,573,508
Domino’s Pizza Inc.J. Patrick Doyle, CEO
5,573,316
McDonald’s Corp.Peter J. Bensen, CFO
4,981,715
Darden Restaurants Inc.Andrew H. Madsen, COO
4,689,685
Jack in the Box Inc.Linda Lang, CEO
4,503,110
Yum! Brands Inc.Richard T. Carucci, CFO
4,336,311
Panera Bread CompanyRonald M. Shaich, Former CEO
3,915,630
Bob Evans Farms Inc.Steven A. Davis, CEO
3,861,593
Starbucks Corp.Clifford Burrows, President, Starbucks
3,790,345
Cheesecake Factory Inc.David Overton, CEO
3,611,812
Starbucks Corp.Troy Alstead, CFO
3,457,984
Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.Roland C. Smith, CEO
3,436,781

 

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