London: After suffering pay cuts in the last two years, Lakshmi Mittal, the Chairman and CEO of the world's largest steel-maker ArcelorMittal, earned a 11 per cent hike in his base salary in 2010 which is equivalent to more than Rs 7000 crores.

Mittal earned a base salary of USD 1.65 million (equivalent to more than Rs 7000 crores) in 2010, compared to USD 1.49 million in the previous year, according to ArcelorMittal's annual report.

In the previous two years, the company had given a pay cut to its entire board, including Mittal, as the firm lost money amid slumping steel sales.

In addition, Mittal's daughter, Vanisha Mittal Bhatia, received a base salary of USD 172,000 in 2010, up from USD 164,000 in the previous year.

Mittal's other peers on the board, Narayanan Vaghul, Wilbur L Ross, Lewis B Kaden, Francois Pinault, Antoine Spillmann and HRH Prince Guillaume, also witnessed a hike in their base salaries in 2010.

According to the report, the total compensation paid in 2010 to members of the company's senior management, including L N Mittal in his capacity as CEO was USD 17.8 million in base salary, including certain allowances paid in cash, such as allowances relating to car, petrol, lunch, financial services and balance settlements.

Furthermore, the company gave USD 7.2 million in short-term performance-related variable pay, consisting of a bonus linked to 2009 results that was paid partly in cash and partly as share-based compensation.

As of December 31, 2010, about USD 1.8 million was accrued by the company to provide pension benefits to its senior management.

The company, which was reeling under pressure because of slumping steel demand, decided to reduce the salaries of its board of directors by 12 per cent and 15 per cent in 2009 and 2008, respectively.

(Agencies)