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Sep 25, 2012

20 Top-Salaried Research Institute Leaders

Capitalism appears to be alive and well in academia.

20 Top-Salaried Research Institute Leaders

These life science bigwigs are earning the most cash outside of industry. [© Dani Simmonds - Fotolia.com]

  • #10. Leland (Lee) H. Hartwell, Ph.D.

    President and Director, 1997–20105, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    $634,183 in FY 2010–2011

  • #9. J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.

    Founder, Chairman, and President, J. Craig Venter Institute

    $645,929 in CY 2010

  • #8. Bruce Stillman, Ph.D.

    President, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

    $751,839 in CY 2010

  • #7. Eric S. Lander, Ph.D.

    Founding Director and Director of the Genome Biology Program, Broad Institute

    $818,876 in FY 2010–2011

  • #6. R. Sanders Williams, M.D.

    President, J. David Gladstone Institutes

    $862,505 in CY 2010

  • #5. William R. Brody, M.D., Ph.D.

    President, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

    $951,743 in FY 2010–2011

  • #4. Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D.

    President & Scientific Director, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

    $1,063,599 in FY 2009–2010

  • #3. Robert Tjian, Ph.D.

    President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    $1,143,070 in FY ending Aug. 31, 2011

  • #2. Richard A. Lerner, M.D.

    Director of predecessor organization, 1987–1991; President and CEO, 1991–2012; Researcher, Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, 2012-present,The Scripps Research Institute

    $1,370,328 in FY ending Sept. 30, 2010

  • #1. John C. Reed, M.D., Ph.D.

    CEO, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    $1,476,406 in FY 2010–2011

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