Apple CEO Steve Jobs was America's highest-paid CEO last year, despite only taking home a dollar salary – he also took home $647 million in total compensation.

Forbes notes that US business chiefs saw the value of their considerable pay packets climb 38 per cent to a collective $7.5 billion.

The secret of the pay packet for CEOs is in exercised stock options, which are the main component of most executive pay.

For Jobs, his meagre dollar was more than made up for by the $647 million of restricted stock he reportedly vested last year.

But with Apple's stock price currently at over $100 per share and with the company leading in the world of innovation and consumer electronic product design, the connection between corporate success and stock price gains in executive pay may, in Apple's case, stand for itself.