How much does he earn?: No 16: Bernd Pischetsrieder, chairman of BMW.

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Age: 46.

Salary: At least pounds 650,000 (plus bonuses and pension).

Perks: Use of company jet, two company cars - two top-of-the-range BMWs. A racing enthusiast, he drives all the new BMW models.

Home: 'A very big house' in Munich.

Family: Married.

Education: Mechanical engineering, Munich Technical University. Started at BMW in 1973 as a product planning engineer.

Hobbies: 'Snow-boarding' - surfing on snow - and classic cars: he owns a Jaguar XK120 and a 507 BMW, of which there are only 400 in the world.

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