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America’s 50 Richest Paydays:
Who, What, and How Much
You won’t find Oprah Winfrey on the list. Nor will you find the legion of hedge-fund managers who routinely collect hundreds of millions in any given year. That’s because they’re all just getting paid to do their day jobs. This is a list of people who enjoyed windfalls thanks to large transactions: stock cash-outs, I.P.O.’s, sales of companies, real-estate deals—even inheritances. Here are the 50 players (and one lucky canine) whose bottom lines got the biggest boost last year.