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Rebekah Brooks Left News Corp. With Many Millions

A picture taken on July 1, 2011 shows Chief Executive of News International, and former editor of Britain's News of the World newspaper, Rebekah Brooks, at the men's single semi final at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.  British police on July 17, 2011 arrested Rebekah Brooks, the former head of media mogul Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper wing, over the phone hacking scandal, British media reported. Scotland Yard said in a statement that a 43-year-old woman had been arrested over allegations of phone hacking and corruption. They would not confirm it was Brooks, 43, and there was no immediate comment from News International. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Longtime Rupert Murdoch ally Rebekah Brooks took home a package worth more than £7 million when she was forced to resign last year amid the British phone-hacking scandal, the Financial Times reports. In addition to cash and pension, the former News International CEO received an allowance for a chauffeur and legal fees, for when she faces charges of obstructing justice next year. More immediately, the Murdochs will likely be forced to defend the extra-cushy arrangement — far more generous than initial reports of Brooks's £1.7 million cash payout — at News Corp.'s annual meeting tomorrow in L.A., where minority shareholders will once again, as a still-futile symbolic gesture, question the ruling family's leadership.

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Photo: LEON NEAL/2011 AFP