Messier top earner among Gaul bizmen

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Vivendi Universal prexy Jean-Marie Messier is the best paid businessman in France with a salary of 28 million francs ($3.8 million), not including stock options.

But he earns one third of what Gerald Levin, prexy of direct competitor AOL Time Warner, takes home, according to the study published in Thursday’s edition of economic daily Les Echos.

The gross salaries are based on the annual reports, taking into account variations in the directors’ salaries in relation to company performance.

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