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Originally published Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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JPMorgan boosts CEO Jamie Dimon’s pay to $20 million

The board of direction of JPMorgan increased the pay of CEO Jamie Dimon despite scandals and recent regulatory actions that cast doubt on his leadership.

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Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan’s chief executive, has been awarded total pay of $20 million for 2013, a huge increase over the amount he received for 2012, according to a regulatory filing released Friday.

The bank’s board of directors approved the increase even though a steady stream of scandals and a raft of regulatory actions have in recent months cast doubt on Dimon’s leadership at the nation’s largest bank. The big raise for 2013 came in the face of opposition from a vocal minority of board members, who wanted Dimon’s compensation for 2013 to be roughly equal to his pay for 2012, which totaled $11.5 million.

Dimon’s 2013 package is made up of $18.5 million of restricted stock, which he will be free to sell over the coming years, as well as a base salary of $1.5 million.

The filing said the board approved the increase because, under Dimon, the bank had taken steps to deal with its regulatory problems. It added that some of the regulatory actions related to practices at two firms JPMorgan purchased — Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual — and therefore predated Dimon’s stewardship. Dimon was, however, in charge of JPMorgan when the two problematic firms were acquired.

Dimon’s 2013 pay was close to the $23.1 million he got for 2011, when he was the highest-paid CEO at a large bank.

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