ASML’s chief executive Eric Meurice earned almost €10m last year from cashing in options and share-related bonuses, according to an investigation by the Volkskrant.
Together with his annual bonus and basic salary, the Frenchman earned over €11m in 2012, the paper says.
The Volkskrant looked at the 810 share transactions registered with the financial services authority AFM and which were carried out by Dutch company executives.
Only former Numico boss Jan Bennink, who earned €76m from options in one year, and Rijkman Groenink, the former chief executive of ABN Amro, who took home €29m in 2007, have had higher annual packages than Meurice, the paper said.
In total, Dutch company executives earned €43.8m from their options, a rise of €5.4m on 2011.
Nutreco’s Wout Dekker and Unilever’s Paul Polman each earned €1.8m, while the CEOs of Fugro, Brunel and Randstad also cashed in shares and options for more than €1m.
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