8 healthcare execs named highest-paid CEOs in Illinois, Maine, others

Eight healthcare executives were among the top-paid CEOs of their respective states in 2016, according to a study conducted by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press and cited by CNBC.

For the study, researchers examined the CEOs of publicly traded companies that made more than $1 billion in revenue and filed their proxy statements with the government between Jan. 1, 2017 and May 1, 2017. Researchers noted that some states did not maintain the headquarters of a publicly traded company large enough to be included.

To determine a CEO's total pay, researchers added the individual's salary, bonuses, stock awards, stock option awards, deferred compensation and any benefits or perks s/he may have received as the leader of the organization.

Here are the eight top-paid CEOs listed in alphabetical order by state, according to the study.

  1. Delaware: Hervé Hoppenot, CEO of Incyte (pharmaceuticals) — $11.8 million
  2. Illinois: Richard Gonzalez, CEO of AbbVie (pharmaceuticals) — $18 million
  3. Indiana: Joseph Swedish, CEO of Anthem (insurance) — $16.5 million
  4. Maine: Jonathan Ayers, CEO of IDEXX Laboratories (pharmaceuticals) — $5.9 million
  5. Minnesota: Stephen Hemsley, CEO of UnitedHealth Group (insurance) — $15.7 million
  6. Missouri: Michael Neidorff, CEO of Centene Corp. (insurance)  — $22 million
  7. New Jersey: Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson (medical devices, pharmaceuticals) — $21.9 million
  8. Rhode Island: Larry Merlo, CEO of CVS Health (healthcare) — $18.4 million

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