134 Americans earned more than $50 million each last year

The number of American gazillionaires is on the rise.

Some 134 people each took home more than $50 million in compensation from their jobs last year,  

according to newly released statistics from the Social Security Administration 

That's up 110 people a year earlier. 

Most were high-level executives who left their jobs or retired, cashing in their hefty deferred compensation packages that built up over the years 

said David Cay Johnston, who teaches at Syracuse College of Law 

Some may also have sold businesses and have to take the proceeds as income 

nd there may be a few actors and athletes sprinkled in. 

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