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Nice Work, If You Can Get It


What if you could just show up to someone's 25th birthday party and make $10 million for it?


The CEO of an S&P 500 company made an average $14.78 million in total compensation in 2006, according to a preliminary analysis by The Corporate Library.

  • Time Warner (TWX) CEO Dick Parsons clocked in at a cool $10.7 million.

  • Charles Prince of Citigroup (C) took home $13 million.

  • Frederick Smith of FedEx (FDX) cleared $36.4 million.

But, these guys had to work for their money.

What if you could just show up to someone's 25th birthday party and make $10 million for it?

Michael Jackson is.

According to Britain's Daily Mirror, Brunei's Prince Azim (the Sultan's son) is paying Jackson $10 million to attend his birthday party in England this weekend. And he doesn't even have to sing.

Prince Azim, center

That will be handled by Dionne Warwick (!), for the paltry sum of $500,000.

Who better to entertain a 25 year-old than Dionne Warwick?

Other guests will include:

  • Pamela Anderson

  • Mick Jagger's ex-wife Jerry Hall

  • Kate Moss

  • Faye Dunaway

They won't be getting paid for showing up, but they will receive goodie bags filled with diamond jewelery, Bose electronics, iPods and $800 tubs of Creme De La Mer face cream.

The prince's handlers are reportedly attempting to persuade Barbra Streisand to attend, as well.

Will she break the prince's heart? The world wants to know…

What if Babs can't make it?

Not to fear, Azim. There are plenty of other interesting options:

  • For $100,000, you can get Alan Greenspan-and a speech. Maybe even a song.

  • Gordon Bethune, former CEO of Continental Airlines (CAL) charges $50,000 per appearance-and can probably hook you up with future upgrades.

  • Jack Welch will attend for $150,000. Suzy Wetlaufer comes free.

  • George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports will show up for $40,000.

  • Like flowers? $25,000 gets Jim McCann, founder and CEO of

  • Or, for the intellectually-minded guests at the party, consider William Safire at $20,000.

If it were my money, I'd bag Jackson and snag Greenspan. If you're lucky, he might even advise you on how to invest the $9.9 million you'd have left over.

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