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GAMCO Investors' Mario Gabelli was the highest paid CEO among stock brokers and asset managers in 2013, according to a report on executive compensation released Monday by researchers at SNL Financial.

MarketWatch reports that Gabelli, who founded GAMCO in 1977, took home $85m last year. His payout was directly tied to the company’s profits.

GAMCO’s assets under management have nearly doubled over the past few years, ending 2013 at just over $47bn. They were up 29% last year alone. Gabelli’s 2013 salary was equal to about 0.18% of the company’s assets under management at year-end.

Gabelli’s compensation has grown steadily over the years as well. In 2012, he pulled in $69m, up from $61.7m in 2011 and $56.6m in 2010.

Gabelli earned nearly twice as much as the founders of private equity firm KKR Henry Kravis and George Roberts. They each earned about $44m in 2013, landing them in second and third place among the top 10 highest paid asset manager CEOs.

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Mario Gabelli is Wall Street’s highest paid CEO

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