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Technology's fat cats

The run-up in the stock market has fattened the wallets of high-tech CEOs. Skeptics wonder whether the generous compensation is deserved.

Special report: Fat cats

Fat cats hed
The run-up in the stock market has fattened the wallets of high-tech CEOs. Skeptics wonder whether the generous compensation is deserved.
Special report: Fat cats

 previous coverage
 • Nader challenges Gates on wealth
 • Tech bounty hunters on the rise
 • AFL-CIO tracking executive pay
 • How CEOs can cash in quietly
 • Does Microsoft spread the wealth?
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