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JPMorgan raises CEO Jamie Dimon's pay 74%, to $20 million

Economy, Business and FinanceJamie DimonJPMorgan Chase & Co.FinanceFinancial MarketsBernard Madoff

JPMorgan Chase & Co. gave Chief Executive Jamie Dimon a 74% raise to $20 million last year, bringing his pay closer to where it stood before the board faulted his oversight of botched derivatives bets.

Dimon, who also serves as chairman, received $18.5 million in restricted stock, the New York lender said Friday in a regulatory filing. His salary was unchanged at $1.5 million, and he got no cash bonus, according to the filing.

Board members kept Dimon's pay below prior years after JPMorgan was beset by regulatory and criminal probes that cost the bank more than $23 billion in settlements last year. The directors had cut his package in half last January to $11.5 million after faulting his oversight of derivatives trading in the "London Whale" episode.

In raising Dimon's pay, the board of directors cited "sustained long-term performance; gains in market share and customer satisfaction; and the regulatory issues the company has faced and the steps the company has taken to resolve those issues," according to the filing.

The restricted stock vests 50% after two years and 50% after three years, the bank said. Awarding Dimon's total bonus in shares ties his pay "to the company's future performance, including continued progress on the company's regulatory agenda," the firm said.

JPMorgan's shares climbed 33% last year, matching the Standard & Poor's 500 Financials Index.

Dimon became CEO at the end of 2005 and added the title of chairman a year later. His reputation as a top manager, along with his pay, has fluctuated since then. Although JPMorgan emerged from the financial crisis as the only large U.S. bank to avoid quarterly losses, the trading debacle in 2012 prompted some investors to call for splitting his dual roles. Shareholders rejected that proposal at a meeting in May.

Dimon was paid $49.9 million for 2007, including special stock awards. During the financial crisis a year later, he took only a $1 million salary. He got $15.2 million for 2009, and $23 million for each of the two years that followed.

In last year's third quarter, the bank posted its first loss on Dimon's watch after taking a $7.2-billion charge to cover the cost of mounting litigation and regulatory probes. The deficit ended the firm's streak of three record annual profits. Full-year net income fell 16%, to $17.9 billion.

Settlements include a record $13-billion deal to resolve inquiries into mortgage-bond sales. The bank paid $2.6 billion and avoided criminal prosecution while settling claims that it failed to stop Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

The firm also paid more than $1 billion last year tied to the botched derivatives bets, which lost more than $6.2 billion in 2012. In that case, U.S. and British regulators faulted JPMorgan's oversight of a trader known as the London Whale because his positions were so large.

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