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Shirley Ann Jackson ranks #1 in corporate board pay

By Laurie Bennett

November 17, 2010 at 7:53am

The highest-paid corporate board member in America is a woman.

According to a review by the Daily Beast, Shirley Ann Jackson pulled in more than $4 million from six board positions between 2008 and 2010.

That’s on top of the $1.6 million she makes as president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. (We’ve previously wondered how university presidents find the time for so many extracurricular activities.)

Shirley Ann Jackson
Shirley Ann Jackson

Jackson, a physicist who chaired the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the Clinton administration, is a director of FedEx, IBM, Marathon Oil, Medtronic and Public Service Enterprise Group. She was also a director of NYSE Euronext, but did not stand for re-election this year.

Ranking second on the Daily Beast list was Charles R. Lee, former chairman of GTE and Verizon. Lee’s compensation from 2008 to 2010 totaled almost $3.5 million.

Tech Data Chairman Steven A. Raymund was third, receiving $3.3 million during the same period.

Former members of Congress also appeared on the list. Sam Nunn, former senator from Georgia, earned more than $3 million from his board affiliations. William H. Gray, former congressman from Pennsylvania, earned $2.8 million. And Lynn Martin, former Illinois congresswoman and former labor secretary, brought in almost $2.6 million.

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