An exceedingly strong year for retail brokerage and mortgage banking helped top officials in these two industries lead the list of the highest- paid specialty finance executives in 1998.

According to American Banker's first annual compilation of pay data at the top brokerage, mortgage, credit card, and finance firms, the highest- paid executives in 1998 were Charles Schwab & Co.'s helmsmen, Charles Schwab and David S. Pottruck.

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