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Who are California's top-paid CEOs?

Who are California's top-paid CEOs?

Among the top executives of California’s biggest companies, the highest paid, Mark Hurd, works for a tech company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

So does the second best. And the fourth. And the fifth. Among the top five, Disney’s Robert Iger stands alone as the only CEO from outside of Silicon Valley’s burgeoning technology industry.

To judge by this list, which ranks the total compensation awarded last year to the chief executives of California’s 100 largest public companies, it pays to work in Silicon Valley.

Of the executives on the list, 61 run companies in Northern California, nearly all of them based in the 50-mile stretch between San Jose and San Francisco. And 47...