Tim Cook, Apple Chief Operating Officer

Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook stepped up and filled in for Steve Jobs during Jobs' leave of absence last year, and has been given a discretionary bonus of $5 million, along with 75,000 shares of Apple stock (currently worth just shy of $17 million), by way of thank you bonus.

Keeping Apple not only stable but thriving during the absence and then-uncertain future of their famous CEO, however, was no doubt invaluable to Apple and its shareholders.

Congrats to Tim Cook then. Don't spend it all on iPad pre-orders (though that would certainly explain the 91,000 units in the first 6 hours!)