15 special dividends ranked by size

Companies rushing to pass out money ahead of tax man

15) Dish Network Corp.

Total dividend amount: $213 million

Dividend amount per share: $1.00

Ex-dividend date: Dec. 12, 2012

Dish will pay its dividend to shareholders on Dec. 28, marking the fifth time that it has issued a dividend in the past 13 years, according to Zacks.

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