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Comparing CEO-to-employee pay ratios

Ron Johnson, at this time with Apple, delivers a speech on March 5, 2010.

Today's final note comes to us courtesy of Bloomberg.

Remember the kerfuffle during and after the financial crisis about executive pay? How disconnected it seemed to be from A) reality and B) what regular people were making?

Bloomberg points out today that the rules designed to force disclosure of CEO salaries has been, well, held up in Congress. So it's done some analysis of its own -- see the chart here.

The CEO with the paycheck that's the most removed from what his average employee makes?

Ron Johnson, who ran JCPenney for about a year-and-a-half until he was fired not too long ago. He made 1,795 times what a JCPenney clerk made.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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