We heard a lot about CEO pay when Wall Street firms doled out their annual bonuses earlier this year. Of course, any bonus at all could be interpreted as excessive after the massive taxpayer-funded bailouts that rescued the big banks from failure. But Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein's $9 million 2009 bonus and JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon's $17 million bonus pale in comparison to the top hedge fund managers' paychecks.
According to a ranking by AR: Absolute Return+Alpha magazine, the top 25 best-paid hedge fund managers made $25.3 billion in 2009 -- over $1 billion each on average. (The lowest-paid on the list earned $350 million, but seven of them actually brought home more than a billion dollars.) And you've likely never heard of.the manager who made the most -- $4 billion -- this year.
Check out the top five: