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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 14A

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of
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BEST BUY CO., INC.

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GRAPHIC   BEST BUY CO., INC.
7601 Penn Avenue South
Richfield, Minnesota 55423
   


NOTICE OF 2011 REGULAR MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

Time:   9:30 a.m., Central Time, on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Place:

 

Best Buy Corporate Campus — Theater
7601 Penn Avenue South
Richfield, Minnesota 55423

Internet:

 

Attend the Regular Meeting of Shareholders online, including submitting questions, at www.proxyvote.com or www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/bby.

Items of

 

1.

 

To elect six Class 2 directors to serve on our Board of Directors for a term of two years.

Business:

 

2.

 

To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending March 3, 2012.

 

 

3.

 

To approve an amendment and restatement of our Amended and Restated By-Laws to remove the maximum for the number of directors serving on the Board of Directors and to authorize the Board of Directors to determine the number of directors serving from time to time.

 

 

4.

 

To approve amendments to the Best Buy Co., Inc. 2004 Omnibus Stock and Incentive Plan, as amended.

 

 

5.

 

To approve the Executive Short-Term Incentive Plan.

 

 

6.

 

To conduct an advisory vote on our executive compensation.

 

 

7.

 

To conduct an advisory vote on the frequency of shareholder advisory votes on our executive compensation.

 

 

8.

 

To vote on a shareholder proposal regarding declassification of our Board of Directors, if properly presented at the meeting.

 

 

9.

 

To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

Record Date:

 

You may vote if you were a shareholder of record of Best Buy Co., Inc. as of the close of business on Monday, April 25, 2011.

Proxy Voting:

 

Your vote is important. You may vote via proxy:

 

 

 

 

1.

 

By visiting www.proxyvote.com on the Internet;

 

 

 

 

2.

 

By calling (within the U.S. or Canada) toll-free at 1-800-690-6903; or

 

 

 

 

3.

 

By signing and returning the enclosed proxy card.

Regardless of whether you expect to attend the meeting in person, please vote your shares in one of the three ways outlined above.

    By Order of the Board of Directors

 

 

GRAPHIC

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Elliot S. Kaplan
May 26, 2011   Secretary

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ATTENDING THE REGULAR MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

Attending in person

    Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Central Time

    Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. Central Time

    You do not need to attend the meeting to vote if you submitted your proxy in advance of the meeting

    Security measures may include bag search, bag scan, metal detector and hand-wand search

    The use of cameras and recording devices is prohibited


Attending and participating via the Internet

    Webcast starts at 9:30 a.m. Central Time

    Shareholders may vote and submit questions while attending the meeting via the Internet

    Instructions on how to attend and participate via the Internet, including how to demonstrate proof of stock ownership, are posted at www.proxyvote.com

    You may directly link to the virtual shareholder forum and virtual shareholder meeting at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/bby

    Anyone can view the meeting live via the Internet at www.bby.com

    Webcast replay will be available until June 28, 2011

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GENERAL INFORMATION

  5
 

Background

  5
 

Voting Procedure

  6
 

Proxy Solicitation

  8
 

Additional Information

  9

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AT BEST BUY

  10
 

Board Structure

  10
 

Board Composition

  11
 

Director Independence

  11
 

Board Leadership

  12
 

Executive Sessions of Independent Directors

  12
 

Board Meetings and Attendance

  12
 

Committees of the Board

  13
 

Board Risk Oversight

  14
 

Communications With the Board

  16

ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 1 — ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

  17
 

General Information

  17
 

Director Qualification Standards

  17
 

Director Nomination Process

  17
 

Board Diversity

  18
 

Director Orientation and Continuing Education

  18
 

Voting Information

  19
 

Board Voting Recommendation

  19
 

Nominees and Directors

  19

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

  26

SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

  29

EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

  30
 

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

  30
   

Executive Summary

  30
   

Philosophy, Objectives and Principles

  31
   

Governance

  32
   

Factors in Decision Making

  33
   

Elements of Our Compensation and Benefit Programs

  36
 

Compensation and Human Resources Committee Report on Executive Compensation

  49
 

Compensation of Executive Officers

  50
   

Summary Compensation Table

  50
   

Grants of Plan-Based Awards

  52
   

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

  53
   

Options Exercised and Stock Vested

  54
   

Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation

  55
   

Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control

  56
 

Director Compensation

  58

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

  61

AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

  63

ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 2 — RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF OUR INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

  65
 

Principal Accountant Services and fees

  65
 

Board Voting Recommendation

  65

ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 3 — APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO AND RESTATEMENT OF OUR AMENDED AND RESTATED BY-LAWS

  66
 

Information About the Amendment to our By-laws

  66
 

Board Voting Recommendation

  66

ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 4 — APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE BEST BUY CO., INC 2004 OMNIBUS AND STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN, AS AMENDED

  67
 

Information About the Plan

  67
 

Board Voting Recommendation

  76

ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 5 — APPROVAL OF BEST BUY CO., INC. EXECUTIVE SHORT-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN

  77
 

Purpose of the Plan

  77
 

Summary of the Plan

  77
 

Board Voting Recommendation

  78

ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 6 — ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

  79
 

Information About the Advisory Vote on the Company's Executive Compensation

  79
 

Board Voting Recommendation

  79

ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 7 — ADVISORY VOTE ON FREQUENCY OF SHAREHOLDER ADVISORY VOTES ON THE COMPANY'S EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

  80
 

Board Voting Recommendation

  80

ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 8 — SHAREHOLDER PROPOSAL ON BOARD DECLASSIFICATION

  81
 

Board of Directors Statement in Opposition to Shareholder Proposal

  82
 

Board Voting Recommendation

  83

OTHER BUSINESS

  84

PROPOSALS FOR THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

  84

APPENDIX

   
 

Best Buy Co., Inc. Audit Committee Charter

  A-1
 

Best Buy Co., Inc. Amended and Restated By-laws

  B-1
 

Best Buy Co., Inc. 2004 Omnibus Stock and Incentive Plan, as amended

  C-1
 

Best Buy Co., Inc. Short Term Incentive Plan

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BEST BUY CO., INC.
7601 Penn Avenue South
Richfield, Minnesota 55423



PROXY STATEMENT



REGULAR MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS — JUNE 21, 2011


GENERAL INFORMATION

This proxy statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors ("Board") of Best Buy Co., Inc. ("Best Buy," "we," "us," or "our") to be voted at our 2011 Regular Meeting of Shareholders ("Meeting") to be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at 9:30 a.m., Central Time, at the Best Buy Corporate Campus — Theater, 7601 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, Minnesota, 55423 and on the Internet at www.proxyvote.com or www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/bby, or at any postponement or adjournment of the Meeting. The proxy materials were either made available to you over the Internet or mailed to you beginning on or about May 26, 2011.


Background

What is the purpose of the Meeting?

At the Meeting, shareholders will vote on the items of business outlined in the Notice of 2011 Regular Meeting of Shareholders ("Meeting Notice"), included as the cover page to this proxy statement. In addition, management will report on our business and respond to questions from shareholders.

Why did I receive this proxy statement and a proxy card?

You received this proxy statement and a proxy card because you owned shares of Best Buy common stock as of April 25, 2011, the record date for the Meeting, and are entitled to vote on the items of business at the Meeting. This proxy statement describes the items of business that will be voted on at the Meeting and provides information on these items so that you can make an informed decision.

Who may vote?

In order to vote at the Meeting, you must be a shareholder of record of Best Buy as of April 25, 2011, which is the record date for the Meeting. If your shares are held in "street name" (that is, through a bank, broker or other nominee), you will receive instructions from the shareholder of record that you must follow in order for your shares to be voted as you choose.

When is the record date?

The Board has established April 25, 2011, as the record date for the Meeting.

How many shares of Best Buy common stock are outstanding?

As of the record date, there were 388,717,822 shares of Best Buy common stock outstanding. There are no other classes of capital stock outstanding.

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Voting Procedure

On what items of business am I voting?

You are being asked to vote on the following items of business:

    1.
    The election of six Class 2 directors for a term of two years;

    2.
    The ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending March 3, 2012;

    3.
    The approval of an amendment to and restatement of our Amended and Restated By-Laws regarding the number of directors;

    4.
    The approval of amendments to our 2004 Omnibus Stock and Incentive Plan, as amended ("Omnibus Plan");

    5.
    The approval of our Executive Short-Term Incentive Plan;

    6.
    The advisory vote on our executive compensation;

    7.
    The advisory vote on the frequency of the shareholder advisory vote on our executive compensation;

    8.
    The shareholder proposal regarding declassification of our Board, if properly presented at the Meeting; and

    9.
    Such other business as may properly come before the Meeting.

How do I vote?

If you are a shareholder of record (that is, if your shares are owned in your name and not in "street name"), you may vote:

    Via the Internet at www.proxyvote.com;

    By telephone (within the U.S. or Canada) toll-free at 1-800-690-6903;

    By signing and returning the enclosed proxy card; or

    By attending the Meeting and voting in person.

If you wish to vote by telephone, you must do so before 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on Monday, June 20, 2011. After that time, telephone voting will not be permitted, and a shareholder wishing to vote, or revoke an earlier proxy, must submit a signed proxy card or vote in person. Shareholders can vote in person or via the Internet during the Meeting. Shareholders of record will be on a list held by the inspector of elections. "Street name" shareholders, also known as beneficial holders, must obtain a proxy from the institution that holds their shares, whether it is their brokerage firm, a bank or other shareholder of record, and present it to the inspector of elections with their ballot. Shareholders attending via the Internet will need to follow the instructions at www.proxyvote.com or www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/bby in order to vote or submit questions at the Meeting. Voting in person or via the Internet by a shareholder will replace any previous votes submitted by proxy.

We encourage you to take advantage of the option to vote your shares electronically through the Internet or by telephone. Doing so will result in cost savings for us.

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How are my voting instructions carried out?

When you vote via proxy, you appoint Richard M. Schulze and Elliot S. Kaplan (collectively, "Proxy Agents") as your representatives at the Meeting. The Proxy Agents will vote your shares at the Meeting, or at any postponement or adjournment of the Meeting, as you have instructed them on the proxy card. If you return a properly executed proxy card without specific voting instructions, the Proxy Agents will vote your shares in accordance with the Board's recommendations. With proxy voting, your shares will be voted regardless of whether you attend the Meeting. Even if you plan to attend the Meeting, it is advisable to vote your shares via proxy in advance of the Meeting in case your plans change.

If an item properly comes up for vote at the Meeting, or at any postponement or adjournment of the Meeting, that is not described in the Meeting Notice, the Proxy Agents will vote the shares subject to your proxy at their discretion.

How many votes do I have?

You have one vote for each share you own, and you can vote those shares for each item of business to be addressed at the Meeting.

How many shares must be present to hold a valid Meeting?

For us to hold a valid Meeting, we must have a quorum, which means that a majority of the outstanding shares of our common stock that are entitled to vote are present at the Meeting. Your shares will be counted as present at the Meeting if you:

    Vote via the Internet or by telephone;

    Properly submit a proxy card (even if you do not provide voting instructions); or

    Attend the Meeting and vote in person.

How many votes are required to approve an item of business?

Pursuant to our Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and our Amended and Restated By-laws, each item of business to be voted on by the shareholders requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of Best Buy common stock present at a meeting and entitled to vote.

The rules of the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") allow brokerage firms to vote their clients' shares on routine matters if the clients do not provide voting instructions at least ten days prior to the shareholder meeting. The ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm is considered a routine matter under NYSE rules. The election of directors, the approval of (including approval of amendments to) our by-laws and incentive plans, the advisory votes related to executive compensation and the vote on a shareholder proposal are not considered routine matters under NYSE rules. The NYSE rules do not allow brokerage firms to vote their clients' shares on non-routine matters in the absence of affirmative voting instructions.

If your brokerage firm votes your shares on routine matters because you do not provide voting instructions, your shares will be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum to conduct business at the Meeting and in determining the number of shares voted for or against the routine matter. If your brokerage firm lacks discretionary voting power with respect to an item that is not a routine matter and you do not provide voting instructions (a "broker non-vote"), your shares will be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum to conduct business at the Meeting, but will not be counted in determining the number of shares voted for or against the non-routine matter. Abstentions are counted as

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present and entitled to vote for purposes of determining a quorum and will have the same effect as votes against a proposal.

What if I change my mind after I vote via proxy?

You may revoke your proxy at any time before your shares are voted by:

    Submitting a later-dated proxy prior to the Meeting (by mail, Internet or telephone);

    Voting in person at the Meeting; or

    Providing written notice to Best Buy's Secretary at our principal office.

Where can I find the voting results of the Meeting?

We will announce preliminary voting results at the Meeting. We plan to publish the final voting results in a Current Report on Form 8-K ("Form 8-K") filed within four business days of the Meeting. If final voting results are not available within the four business day timeframe, we plan to file a Form 8-K disclosing preliminary voting results within the required four business days, to be followed as soon as practicable by an amendment to the Form 8-K containing final voting results.


Proxy Solicitation

How are proxies solicited?

We will request that brokerage firms, banks, other custodians, nominees, fiduciaries and other representatives of shareholders forward the proxy materials and annual reports themselves, to the beneficial owners of our common stock. We expect to solicit proxies primarily by mail, but our directors, officers, other employees and agents may also solicit proxies in person, by telephone, through electronic transmission and by facsimile transmission. Our directors and employees do not receive additional compensation for soliciting shareholder proxies.

Who will pay for the cost of soliciting proxies?

We pay all of the costs of preparing, printing and distributing proxy materials. We will reimburse brokerage firms, banks and other representatives of shareholders for reasonable expenses incurred as defined in the NYSE schedule of charges.

How can multiple shareholders sharing the same address request to receive only one set of proxy materials and other investor communications?

If you opt to continue to receive paper copies of our proxy materials, you may elect to receive future proxy materials, as well as other investor communications, in a single package per address. This practice, known as "householding," is designed to reduce our paper use, and printing and postage costs. To make the election, please indicate on your proxy card under "Householding Election" your consent to receive such communications in a single package per address. Once we receive your consent, we will send a single package per household until you revoke your consent by notifying our Investor Relations Department at 7601 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423, or by telephone at (612) 291-6147. We will start sending you individual copies of proxy materials and other investor communications within 30 days of your revocation.

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Can I receive the proxy materials electronically?

Yes. We are pleased to offer shareholders the choice to receive our proxy materials electronically over the Internet instead of receiving paper copies through the mail. Choosing electronic delivery saves us the costs of printing and mailing these materials. Our fiscal 2011 annual report and proxy statement are being mailed to all shareholders who have not already elected to receive these materials electronically. If you are a shareholder of record and would like to receive these materials electronically in the future, you may enroll for this service on the Internet after you vote your shares in accordance with the instructions for Internet voting set forth on the enclosed proxy card. We encourage our shareholders to access our proxy materials via the Internet because it reduces the expenses for, and the environmental impact of, our shareholder meetings.

An electronic version of this proxy statement is posted on our Web site at www.bby.com — select the "Investor Relations" link and then either the "SEC Filings" link or the "Corporate Governance" link.


Additional Information

Where can I find additional information about Best Buy?

Our reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, and other publicly available information should be consulted for other important information about Best Buy. You can also find additional information about us on our Web site at www.bby.com.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AT BEST BUY

Our Board is elected by our shareholders to oversee our business and affairs. In addition, the Board counsels, advises and oversees management in the long-term interests of our company and our shareholders regarding a broad range of subjects including:

    Selecting and evaluating the performance of our Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and other senior executives;

    Planning for succession with respect to the position of CEO and monitoring management's succession planning for other senior executives;

    Reviewing and approving major financial, strategic and operating decisions and other significant actions;

    Overseeing the conduct of our business and the assessment of our business risks to evaluate whether our business is being properly managed; and

    Overseeing the processes for maintaining integrity with regard to our financial statements and other public disclosures, and compliance with law and ethical standards.

Members of the Board monitor and evaluate our business performance through regular communication with our CEO and other members of management, and by attending Board meetings and Board committee meetings.

The Board values effective corporate governance and adherence to high ethical standards. As such, the Board has adopted Corporate Governance Principles for our directors and a Code of Business Ethics, both of which are posted on our Web site at www.bby.com — select the "Investor Relations" link and then the "Corporate Governance" link.


Board Structure

Our Board is committed to having a sound governance structure that promotes the best interests of our shareholders. To that end, our Board has evaluated and actively continues to examine emerging corporate governance trends and best practices. Shareholder perspectives play an important role in that process. Some key points regarding our Board's governance structure and practices are as follows:

    We believe that two-year terms allow our directors to have a longer-term orientation to our business and encourage long-term, strategic thinking. At the same time, this structure holds the directors accountable to our shareholders, as the entire Board is subject to re-election as early as 53 weeks from any regular meeting of shareholders. Moreover, we believe that two-year terms promote continuity and foster an appropriate "institutional memory" among directors. To balance this institutional memory with accountability to shareholders, we have implemented a director resignation policy which requires any director not receiving a majority of the vote cast in favor of his or her election to tender their resignation.

    Our Board is predominantly independent. Of our twelve directors, only two are Best Buy employees (including our Chairman of the Board, who is a founder of Best Buy and a major shareholder). Further, the Board has affirmatively determined that nine of our twelve directors are independent under SEC and NYSE corporate governance rules, as applicable.

    Our Board is very active and engaged. Our directors attended, on average, over 98% of fiscal 2011 Board and Board committee meetings.

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Board Composition

To ensure a diversity of perspectives, the Board seeks a balance of internal experience and external independent expertise. This combination of perspectives also helps to ensure that we sustain our corporate culture, which is a cornerstone of our business legacy and a key competitive advantage.

In accordance with these interests and the principles of effective corporate governance, the Board set and has achieved its goal to have at least 75% of our directors be independent. In addition, the Board carefully plans for the director skill sets required today and in the future, and for an orderly succession and transition of directors.


Director Independence

Pursuant to its Corporate Governance Principles, the Board has established independence standards consistent with the requirements of the SEC and NYSE corporate governance rules, as applicable. To be considered independent under the NYSE rules, the Board must affirmatively determine that a director or director nominee does not have a material relationship with us (directly, or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with us). In addition, NYSE rules provide that no director or director nominee may be deemed independent if the director or director nominee

— has in the past three years:

    Received (or whose immediate family member has received as a result of service as an executive officer) more than $120,000 during any 12-month period in direct compensation from Best Buy, other than director and committee fees and certain pension payments and other deferred compensation;

    Been an employee of Best Buy;

    Had an immediate family member who was an executive officer of Best Buy;

    Worked on (or whose immediate family member has worked on) our audit as a partner or an employee of our internal auditors or independent registered public accounting firm; or

    Been (or whose immediate family member has been) employed as an executive officer of another company whose compensation committee at that time included a present executive officer of Best Buy; or

— is:

    A partner of our independent registered public accounting firm, or an employee of our independent registered public accounting firm personally working on our audit (or whose immediate family member is a partner of such firm or is employed by such firm to personally work on our audit); or

    An employee (or has an immediate family member who is an executive officer) of another company that makes payments to Best Buy, or receives payments from Best Buy, for property or services in an amount which, in any of the last three fiscal years, exceeds the greater of $1 million or 2% of such other company's consolidated gross revenues.

Under our director independence standards described above, the Board has determined that each continuing director, with the exception of Brian J. Dunn and Messrs. Kaplan and Schulze, is independent. The Board based these determinations primarily on a review of the responses of the directors to questions regarding employment and compensation history, affiliations, family and other relationships, and on discussions with our directors. The Board also reviewed our relationships with companies with which our directors are affiliated and determined that the relationships

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with affiliates of directors Lisa M. Caputo and George L. Mikan III are not material and do not impair such directors' independence.

Ms. Caputo, a director since December 2009, is managing director and senior banker of the Public Sector Group within the Institutional Client's Group at Citigroup, Inc. Citigroup, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries ("Citi") provide financial services to us, including participating as a lender under our Revolving Credit Agreement ("Revolver"). We do not make direct payments to or receive direct loan proceeds from Citi under the Revolver, but Citi does receive interest payments through our lending agent from this relationship to the extent the agent has drawn down funds from Citi, as well as, fees for providing us access to funds through the Revolver. Ms. Caputo did not play any role in the negotiation of our transactions with Citi.

Mr. Mikan, a director since April 2008, is executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated ("UnitedHealth") and chief executive officer of OptumHealth, an affiliate of UnitedHealth. Since 2003, we have had a health benefit services agreement with UnitedHealth. The amounts we have paid to UnitedHealth, most of which are for employee medical and pharmaceutical costs administered on our behalf by UnitedHealth, were an insignificant portion of the annual consolidated revenue of Best Buy and UnitedHealth for each of the past three fiscal years. In addition, Mr. Mikan did not influence or participate in negotiating our agreement with UnitedHealth.


Board Leadership

We separate the roles of CEO and Chairman of the Board in recognition of the differences between the two roles. Our CEO is responsible for setting our strategic priorities, in collaboration with the Board, and focuses on the development and execution of our strategies. He is also responsible for our ongoing leadership and performance. The Chairman of the Board provides guidance to the CEO, and sets the agenda for and presides over meetings of the full Board. He focuses on Board oversight responsibilities, strategic planning and mentoring company officers. Our Chairman also periodically represents our company at public functions and actively engages with our employees at designated company functions.

Our Board has established the position of Lead Independent Director to preside at all executive sessions of independent directors, as defined under the rules of the NYSE. The Nominating, Corporate Governance and Public Policy Committee ("Nominating Committee") nominates an independent director to serve as the Lead Independent Director, the selection of whom is subject to ratification by the vote of a majority of the independent directors of the Board. In addition to presiding over executive sessions of the independent directors, the Lead Independent Director is responsible for calling meetings of the independent directors as appropriate, serving as a stakeholder liaison on behalf of the independent directors and performing such other duties as may be requested from time to time by the Board, the independent directors, the CEO or the Chairman of the Board.


Executive Sessions of Independent Directors

In order to promote open discussion among independent directors, the Board has a policy of conducting executive sessions of independent directors during each regularly scheduled Board meeting. These executive sessions are chaired by the Lead Independent Director. Matthew H. Paull has served as the Lead Independent Director since June 2010.


Board Meetings and Attendance

The Board held four regular meetings during the fiscal year ended February 26, 2011. Each incumbent director attended, in person or by telephone, at least 75% of the meetings of both the Board and Board committees on which he or she served. In fiscal 2011, the average attendance by our incumbent directors at Board and Board committee

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meetings exceeded 95%. Our Board requires director attendance at our regular meetings of shareholders and 100% of the then-serving directors attended the 2010 Meeting, including one member attending virtually.


Committees of the Board

The Board has the following five committees:

    Audit Committee;

    Compensation and Human Resources Committee ("Compensation Committee");

    Nominating, Corporate Governance and Public Policy Committee;

    Finance and Investment Policy Committee; and

    Global Strategy Committee.

The charters for each of the Board committees are posted on our Web site at www.bby.com — select the "Investor Relations" link and then the "Corporate Governance" link. The charters include information regarding each committee's composition, purpose and responsibilities.

The Board has determined that all members of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee and Global Strategy Committee are independent directors as defined under the SEC and NYSE corporate governance rules, as applicable. The Board has further determined that all members of the Audit Committee qualify as financial experts under SEC rules.

The Board committees have responsibilities as follows:

Audit Committee.    This committee discharges the Board's oversight responsibility to our shareholders and the investment community regarding: (i) the integrity of our financial statements and financial reporting processes; (ii) our internal accounting systems and financial and operational controls; (iii) the qualifications and independence of our independent registered public accounting firm; (iv) the performance of our internal audit function and our independent registered public accounting firm; and (v) our compliance with ethics programs, including our Code of Business Ethics, and legal, regulatory and risk oversight requirements.

Compensation and Human Resources Committee.    This committee discharges the Board's responsibilities related to executive officer and director compensation, including the establishment of our executive officer and director compensation philosophies, and evaluation of our CEO. Oversight responsibilities of this committee include succession planning and compensation-related risk oversight. This committee also oversees the development and evaluation of, and approves, equity-based and other incentive compensation and other employee benefit plans of a compensatory nature, and oversees our human capital policies and programs.

Nominating, Corporate Governance and Public Policy Committee.    This committee discharges the Board's responsibilities related to general corporate governance, including Board organization, membership, training and evaluation. It also reviews and recommends to the Board corporate governance principles, presents qualified individuals for election to the Board, and oversees the evaluation of the performance of the Board and its committees. Finally, this committee oversees matters of public policy and social responsibility that affect us domestically and internationally. For additional information regarding our director nomination process, see Director Nomination Process beginning on page 17.

Finance and Investment Policy Committee.    This committee advises the Board regarding our financial policies and financial condition to help enable us to achieve our long-range goals. It evaluates and monitors the: (i) protection and

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safety of our cash and investments; (ii) achievement of reasonable returns on financial assets within acceptable risk tolerance; (iii) maintenance of adequate liquidity to support our activities; (iv) assessment of the cost and availability of capital; and (v) alignment of our strategic goals and financial resources.

Global Strategy Committee.    This committee provides insight, advice and counsel with respect to our strategic plans regarding connectivity, marketing, branding, customer centricity, and related enterprise initiatives. The committee also conducts an ongoing critical evaluation of, and provides accountability for performance within, our strategic plans and vision.

The following table shows the date each committee was established, the number of meetings held in fiscal 2011 and the names of the directors serving on each committee as of February 26, 2011:

Committee
  Date
Established

  Number of
Meetings
During
Fiscal 2011

  Members
 
Audit   June 1, 1984   10   Hatim A. Tyabji*†
George L. Mikan III†
Matthew H. Paull†
Gérard R. Vittecoq†
 
Compensation and Human Resources   February 13, 1997   7   Ronald James*
Kathy J. Higgins Victor
George L. Mikan III
Hatim A. Tyabji
 
Nominating, Corporate Governance and Public Policy   February 13, 1997   5   Kathy J. Higgins Victor*
Sanjay Khosla
Rogelio M. Rebolledo
 
Finance and Investment Policy   September 13, 2006   4   Elliot S. Kaplan*
Ronald James
Matthew H. Paull
Gérard R. Vittecoq
 
Global Strategy   January 13, 2010   1   Sanjay Khosla*
Lisa M. Caputo
Rogelio M. Rebolledo

*
Chairman

Designated as an "audit committee financial expert" per SEC rules.

**
Following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Matthew H. Paull will replace retiring director Elliot S. Kaplan as Chairman of the Finance and Investment Policy Committee.


Board Risk Oversight

Our Board is responsible for oversight of enterprise risk. The Board considers enterprise risk factors as a critical in its review of business strategy and performance and ensures that there is an appropriate balance of risk and opportunity. Management is responsible for the day-to-day risk management processes, including assessing and taking actions necessary to manage risk incurred in connection with the operation of our business. Management reviews significant enterprise risks and our general risk management strategy with the Board. We believe this division of responsibilities is

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the most effective approach for addressing the risks we face and that our Board leadership structure supports this approach.

In connection with the Board's oversight function, the Board committees have responsibility for reviewing and discussing with management those risk exposures (i) specified in their charters, or (ii) identified from time to time by the committees themselves, as follows:

    Our Audit Committee is responsible for oversight of risk associated with our financial controls and compliance activities. The Audit Committee also oversees management's processes to identify and quantify the material risks facing us. In connection with its risk oversight role, the Audit Committee meets privately with representatives of our independent registered public accounting firm, our internal audit staff and the legal staff. Our internal audit staff, who report directly to the Audit Committee at least quarterly, assists us in identifying, evaluating and implementing risk management controls and procedures to address identified risks.

    Our Compensation Committee is responsible for oversight of risk associated with our compensation plans.

    Our Finance and Investment Policy Committee is responsible for oversight of risk associated with our investment portfolio and liquidity risks.

    Our Nominating Committee is responsible for oversight of Board processes and corporate governance-related risk, as well as, our activities in the public policy and social responsibility arenas.

    Our Global Strategy Committee is responsible for oversight of risks associated with the Company's global strategy and execution, including changes in the global economy and environment, technological risks and market segmentation vulnerabilities.

In connection with their oversight of compensation-related risks, Compensation Committee members periodically review the most important enterprise risks to ensure that compensation programs do not encourage risk-taking that is reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on us. In 2011, Towers Watson and the Compensation Committee reviewed our compensation policies and practices for all employees, including executive officers. The review process identified our existing risk management framework and the key business risks that may materially affect us; reviewed all compensation plans and identified those plans that are most likely to impact these risks or introduce new risks; and balanced these risks against our existing processes and compensation program safeguards. The review process also took into account mitigating features contained within our compensation plan design which includes elements such as:

    metric-based pay,

    time matching,

    payment for outputs,

    goal diversification,

    payment caps, and

    clawbacks.

The Compensation Committee also considered additional controls outside of compensation plan design which contribute to risk mitigation, including the weight placed on values in our performance management process, the independence of our performance measurement teams, and our internal control environment.

Based upon the process we employed, we determined that our compensation programs do not encourage risk-taking that is reasonably likely to result in a material adverse effect on us.

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Communications with the Board

Shareholders and interested parties who wish to contact the Board, the Lead Independent Director, any other individual director, or the non-management or independent directors as a group, are welcome to do so in writing, addressed to such person(s) in care of:

    Mr. Joseph M. Joyce
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
    Best Buy Co., Inc.
    7601 Penn Avenue South
    Richfield, Minnesota 55423

Mr. Joyce will forward all written shareholder correspondence to the appropriate director(s), except for spam, junk mail, mass mailings, customer complaints or inquiries, job inquiries, surveys, business solicitations or advertisements, or patently offensive or otherwise inappropriate material. Mr. Joyce may, at his discretion, forward certain correspondence, such as customer-related inquiries, elsewhere within our company for review and possible response. Comments or questions regarding our accounting, internal controls or auditing matters will be referred to the Audit Committee. Comments or questions regarding the nomination of directors and other corporate governance matters will be referred to the Nominating Committee. Comments or questions regarding executive compensation will be referred to the Compensation Committee.

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ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 1 — ELECTION OF DIRECTORS


General Information

Our Amended and Restated By-laws provide that the Board consist of a maximum of 15 directors, eight of whom are designated as Class 1 directors and seven of whom are designated as Class 2 directors. Directors are elected for a term of two years, and the terms are staggered so that Class 1 directors are elected in even-numbered years and Class 2 directors are elected in odd-numbered years.

Our Board adopted, and recommends to the shareholders for approval at the Meeting, an amendment to and restatement of our Amended and Restated By-Laws to remove the maximum for the number of directors serving on our Board of Directors and to provide a manner by which the number of directors will be determined from time to time. The amendment to and restatement of our Amended and Restated By-Laws is more fully described below under "Item of Business No. 3 — Approval of an Amendment to and Restatement of our Amended and Restated By-Laws." If such amendment and restatement is adopted by the shareholders at the Meeting, our by-laws would provide that we will have one or more directors, which number of directors may be increased or decreased from time to time by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors serving at the time the action is taken, and that each class of directors will consist, as nearly as possible, of one-half of the total number of directors constituting the entire Board.


Director Qualification Standards

We only consider director candidates who embody the highest standards of personal and professional integrity and ethics and are committed to a culture of transparency and open communication at the Board level and throughout our company. Successful candidates are dedicated to accountability and continuous improvement with a belief in innovation as a key business success factor. They are also actively engaged, and have an innate intellectual curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit. Commitment to enhancing shareholder value and representing the interests of all shareholders is also required.

In evaluating candidates for nomination as a director, the Nominating Committee considers other criteria, including a history of achievement and superior standards, ability to think strategically, a willingness to share examples based upon experience, policy-making experience, and an ability to articulate a point of view, take tough positions, and constructively challenge management. In addition, the Nominating Committee may also consider gender, ethnic and geographical diversity; independence; and general criteria such as an ability to provide informed and thoughtful counsel, mature judgment, and listening skills.

Directors must also be committed to actively engaging in his or her Board roles, with sufficient time to carry out the duties of Board and Board committee membership.

Finally, one or more of our directors must possess the education or experience required to qualify as an "audit committee financial expert" pursuant to SEC rules.


Director Nomination Process

The Nominating Committee is responsible for screening and recommending to the full Board director candidates for nomination. The Nominating Committee often engages a third-party search firm to assist in identifying appropriate candidates to consider as additions to our Board. When the Board is seeking to fill an open director position, the

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Nominating Committee will also consider nominations received from our shareholders, provided that proposed candidates meet the requisite director qualification standards discussed above.

When the Board elects to fill a vacancy on the Board, the Nominating Committee will announce the open position and post any additional search criteria on our Web site at www.bby.com — select the "Investor Relations" link and then the "Corporate Governance" link. Candidates recommended by shareholders, if qualified, will be considered in the same manner as any other candidate.

The Nominating Committee will then evaluate the resumes of any qualified candidates recommended by a search firm or shareholders, as well as by members of the Board.

All candidates are evaluated based on the qualification standards discussed above and the needs of the Board at the time or in the future.

Shareholder nominations must be accompanied by a candidate resume which addresses the extent to which the nominee meets the director qualification standards and any additional search criteria posted on our Web site. Nominations will be considered only if we are then seeking to fill an open director position. All nominations by shareholders should be submitted as follows:

    Chairman, Nominating, Corporate Governance and Public Policy Committee
    c/o Mr. Joseph M. Joyce
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
    Best Buy Co., Inc.
    7601 Penn Avenue South
    Richfield, Minnesota 55423


Board Diversity

Our Corporate Governance Principles specify that diversity on the Board be considered by the Nominating Committee in the director identification and nomination process. When considering candidates, the Nominating Committee seeks nominees with a broad range of experience from a variety of industries and professional disciplines, such as finance, academia, law and government, along with a diversity of gender, ethnicity, age and geographic location. The Nominating Committee does not assign specific weights to particular criteria and no particular criterion is necessarily applied to all prospective nominees. The Board believes that diversity in the backgrounds and qualifications of Board members provides a significant mix of experience, knowledge and abilities that allows the Board to fulfill its responsibilities.


Director Orientation and Continuing Education

Our Nominating Committee oversees the orientation and continuing education of our directors. Director orientation familiarizes directors with our strategic plans, significant financial, accounting and risk management issues, compliance programs and other controls, policies, principal officers and internal auditors, and our independent registered public accounting firm. The orientation also addresses Board procedures, directors' responsibilities, our Corporate Governance Principles, and our Board committee charters.

We also offer continuing education programs and provide opportunities to attend commercial director education seminars to assist our directors in maintaining their expertise in areas related to the work of the Board of the directors' committee assignments.

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Voting Information

You may vote for all, some or none of the nominees for election to the Board. However, you may not vote for more individuals than the number nominated. Each of the nominees has agreed to continue serving as a director if elected. However, if any nominee becomes unwilling or unable to serve and the Board elects to fill the vacancy, the Proxy Agents named in the proxy will vote for an alternative person nominated by the Board. Our Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation prohibit cumulative voting, which means you can vote only once for any nominee. The affirmative vote of a majority of the voting power of the shares present and entitled to vote at the Meeting is required to elect each director nominee.

PROXY CARDS THAT ARE PROPERLY SIGNED AND RETURNED WILL BE VOTED FOR THE ELECTION OF ALL OF THE NOMINEES UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.


Board Voting Recommendation

Management and the Board recommend that shareholders vote FOR the re-election of Ronald James, Sanjay Khosla, George L. Mikan III, Matthew H. Paull, Richard M. Schulze, and Hatim A. Tyabji as Class 2 directors. If elected, each Class 2 director will hold office until the election of directors at our 2013 Regular Meeting of Shareholders and until his or her successor has been duly elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier death, resignation or removal.

All of the nominees are currently members of the Board.


Nominees and Directors

The biographies of each of the nominees and continuing directors below contains information regarding the person's service as a director, business experience, public company director positions held currently or at any time during the last five years, information regarding involvement in certain legal or administrative proceedings during the last ten years if applicable, and the experiences, qualifications, attributes or skills that caused the Nominating Committee and the Board to determine that the person should serve as a director.

There are no family relationships among the nominees or between any nominees and any of our other directors.

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ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 1

Class 2 Director Nominees:
(ages as of February 26, 2011)


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  Ronald James, 60, has been a director since May 2004. Since 2000, he has served as president and chief executive officer of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which assists business leaders in building ethical and profitable business cultures at the enterprise, community and global levels. From 1996 to 1998, he was president and chief executive officer of the Human Resources Group, a division of Ceridian Corporation, a business services company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1971 to 1996, he was with US West Communications, Inc. (now Qwest Communications), most recently serving as Minnesota's top executive officer. He gained investment fund knowledge through his service on the boards
of RBC Funds, an investment fund of the Royal Bank of Canada, and Bremer Financial Corporation, a regional community banking company. Having served on an advisory group to the United States Sentencing Commission, Mr. James speaks regularly at conferences on the subject of the board's role in creating and sustaining ethical cultures. He also serves on the boards of The Travelers Foundation, Speak the Word Church International, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota and on a board committee for the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He previously served as a director of St. Paul Companies (now The Travelers Companies, Inc.), Ceridian Corporation, and Automotive Industries, and on the boards of Allina Hospitals and Clinics and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Mr. James brings governance expertise; large company leadership; telecommunications experience; a commitment to integrity, ethics and culture; and executive wisdom to the Board. In addition, his active participation as a consultant and educator in business ethics in academic settings, as well as for national and global organizations, provides valuable insight to the Board.


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Sanjay Khosla, 59, has been a director since October 2008. In January 2007, he joined Kraft Foods, Inc., an international food and beverage company. He currently serves as executive vice president and president for Kraft developing markets. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Khosla was with Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd., a multi-national dairy company based in New Zealand, where he served as managing director of its consumer and food service business. Before joining Fonterra in 2004, he had a 27-year career with Unilever PLC in India, the U.K. and Europe, culminating as senior vice president, global beverages, and chairman of Unilever's beverages category. Mr. Khosla also serves on the boards of NIIT Ltd., an IT-enabled education company in India, and
its subsidiary in the United States, Element K Corporation, as well as the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. His many years in the consumer products industry provide Mr. Khosla with an extensive background in consumer marketing, branding, global expansion and multi-national operations. His background in these areas, along with his international perspective and history of transformational leadership, is valuable as the Board continues to focus on our global expansion and transformation.

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George L. Mikan III, 39, has been a director since April 2008. In January 2011, Mr. Mikan was appointed executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, a diversified health and well-being company, and chief executive officer of OptumHealth, a health care management company and affiliate of UnitedHealth. From November 2006 to January 2011, he served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of UnitedHealth Group. From February 2006 to November 2006, Mr. Mikan served as senior vice president of finance of UnitedHealth. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Mikan was chief financial officer of UnitedHealthcare and president of UnitedHealth Networks, both affiliates of UnitedHealth. Mr. Mikan joined UnitedHealthGroup
in 1998 and has served in finance-related roles of increasing responsibility from 1998 the present, including an executive role on the corporate development group responsible for merger and acquisition activities. From 1994 to 1998, he was employed at Arthur Andersen LLP. From his years at UnitedHealth and Arthur Andersen, Mr. Mikan gained solid financial and merger and acquisitions expertise, as well as public company leadership experience. This knowledge and experience is a valuable asset to the Board as we continue to explore expansion opportunities, provide benefits for thousands of employees and position our company for financial growth.


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Matthew H. Paull, 59, has been a director since September 2003. Since June 2010, he has also served as our first Lead Independent Director. From 2001 until he retired in 2008, Mr. Paull served as corporate senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for McDonald's Corporation, which develops, operates, franchises and services a worldwide system of McDonald's restaurants. At McDonald's, Mr. Paull acquired a background in strong branding and consumer trends, knowledge that is highly relatable to our company. Prior to joining McDonald's Corporation in 1993, he was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP, specializing in international tax. He also serves on the advisory boards of Pershing Square Capital Management, a New York-based hedge fund, and
on the board of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation, a paper, packaging, and forest products company, as well as on the advisory board of the One Acre Fund, a non-profit organization that helps East African farmers. Mr. Paull previously served as a trustee of the Ravinia Festival Association, which offers concerts and other entertainment in suburban Chicago, Illinois, and as an advisory council member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. As a former executive professor in residence at the University of San Diego, Mr. Paull also possesses an understanding of the academic world. Due to his professional experience, Mr. Paull has significant financial acumen, knowledge of hedge funds and investments, broad understanding in global operations and extensive experience in tax matters, all of which enable Mr. Paull to make valuable contributions to our Board.

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Richard M. Schulze, 70, is a founder of Best Buy. He has been an officer and director from our inception in 1966 and currently serves as our Chairman of the Board. Effective in June 2002, he relinquished the duties of CEO, having served as our principal executive officer for more than 30 years. He is on the board of trustees of the University of St. Thomas, chairman of its Executive and Institutional Advancement Committee, and a member of its Board Affairs Committee. Mr. Schulze is also chairman of the board of governors of the University of St. Thomas Business School and serves on the board of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. He previously served on the boards of Pentair, Inc., a diversified industrial manufacturing company, and
The Best Buy Children's Foundation. Mr. Schulze holds an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of St. Thomas. As a founder of our company with over 40 years experience in the retail industry, and having built our company from a single store and three employees to a multi-national organization with over 4,100 locations and over 180,000 employees, he has an in-depth historical view of our business and branding. In addition, Mr. Schulze's deep knowledge of our culture and commitment to preserving our entrepreneurial environment provide continuity and long-term thinking to the Board.


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Hatim A. Tyabji, 66, has been a director since April 1998. Since July 2001, he has been executive chairman of Bytemobile, Inc., a wireless Internet infrastructure provider in Santa Clara, California. From 1998 to 2000, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Saraïde, Inc., a provider of Internet and wireless data services; and from 1986 to 1998, as president and chief executive officer (and as chairman from 1992 until 1998) of VeriFone, Inc., a global transaction automation enterprise. He is also chairman of Jasper Wireless, a global networking device company. Mr. Tyabji also serves on the boards of Merchant eSolutions,  Inc.; Sierra Atlantic, Inc.; Touch Networks (Australia); and the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, and as an ambassador
at large for Benchmark Capital. He previously served on the boards of Ariba Inc.; Bank of America Merchant Services; Deluxe Corporation; eFunds Corporation; Novatel Wireless, Inc.; PubliCard Inc.; SmartDisk Corporation; Datacard Group; Depotpoint, Inc.; Impresse Corporation and Norand Corporation, as well as on the boards of the Carnegie Institute, the Dean's Council of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University and the Dean's Council of the School of Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2007, Mr. Tyabji published "Husband, Wife & Company: An Honest Perspective on Success in Life and Work," a book on the interrelationships between family and career. Mr. Tyabji brings a wealth of experience in broadband and wireless technologies and is a significant contributor to the development of our technological growth and connected world strategy. His financial acumen and background as an entrepreneurial business leader are valuable assets to the Board.

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Class 1 Directors — Terms expire in 2012
(ages as of February 26, 2011)


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  Lisa M. Caputo, 47, has been a director since December 2009. As of June 1, 2011, Ms. Caputo is commencing a new position as executive vice president, marketing and communications of The Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading property casualty insurer. Ms. Caputo was managing director and senior banker of the Public Sector Group of Citigroup's Institutional Clients Group from 2010 to May 2011. Citigroup,  Inc. is a leading financial services company. In 2000, Ms. Caputo founded Citi's Women & Co. business, a membership service that provides financial education and services for women, and was its chairman after serving as its chief executive officer from 2000 to 2010. As such, she was a driving force for women in leadership, an area of focus for us. Since
joining Citi in 2000, Ms. Caputo has held other leadership positions within the Company. Prior to her most recent role, Ms. Caputo oversaw Citigroup's global marketing and corporate affairs in her role as global chief marketing officer and executive vice president from 2007 to 2010. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Caputo acted as chief marketing and community relations officer of Citi's Global Consumer Group. Prior to that, she acted as senior managing director of business operations and planning of Citi's Global Consumer Group and also served as chief of staff to Citi's Global Consumer Group's chief executive officer. From 1998 to 1999, Ms. Caputo was vice president, global communications and synergy for Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines. From 1996 to 1998, she was vice president of corporate communications for CBS Corporation, a mass media company. From 1992 to 1996, Ms. Caputo served in President Bill Clinton's administration, both as press secretary for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and as deputy assistant to the President. Ms. Caputo also serves on the boards of WNET Channel 13, The Sesame Workshop, New Visions for Public Schools, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and The Creative Coalition. She is a member of the International Steering Committee for FINCA International, the Advisory Council on Media Relations for Brown University, The New York Presbyterian Sloane Hospital Advisory Committee, the Women@NBCU Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Financial Women's Association. With her broad background with various for-profit companies and non-profit organizations, Ms. Caputo brings to the Board extensive marketing expertise, global and corporate communications experience and political savvy. She is also a highly respected, well-connected leader and is credited for her comprehensive approach, intelligence and tenacity.


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Brian J. Dunn
, 50, has been a director since June 2009 when he was also named our CEO. A 26-year veteran of our company, Mr. Dunn began his career with us as a store associate in 1985 when we operated only a dozen stores. From 2006 until being named to his current position, Mr. Dunn served as President and Chief Operating Officer. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Dunn was President — Retail, North America. From 2002 to 2004, he served as, Executive Vice President — Best Buy U.S. Retail. Prior to that, he served as, Senior Vice President, Regional Vice President, Regional Manager, District Manager and Store Manager. During his time with us, Mr. Dunn has made significant contributions to our market share growth, employee retention, vendor
relationships and customer satisfaction scores. Mr. Dunn also serves on the board of The Best Buy Children's Foundation. He previously served on the boards of Dick's Sporting Goods, a full-line sporting goods retailer, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Mr. Dunn has established himself as a powerful representative of our brand, an advocate for our unique culture, and a decisive architect of organizational transformation. His personal involvement in the site selection and opening process of over five hundred stores provides him with valuable commercial real estate experience. In addition, Mr. Dunn's day-to-day leadership provides him with intimate knowledge of our operations. His reputation as a leader and success in retail, branding and market expansion are valuable assets to the Board as it looks to move forward in an ever-changing retail environment.

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Kathy J. Higgins Victor
, 54, has been a director since November 1999. Since 1994, she has been president of Centera Corporation, an executive development and leadership coaching firm that she founded, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1991 to 1994, she was senior vice president of human resources at Northwest Airlines, Inc. (now Delta Air Lines), a commercial airline, and prior to that held senior executive positions at The Pillsbury Company (subsequently acquired by General Mills, Inc.), a producer of grain and other foodstuffs, and Burger King Corporation, which operates and franchises a worldwide system of Burger King restaurants. She is also on the board of trustees of the University of St. Thomas. Ms. Higgins Victor's roles
with these highly branded public companies and academic institution give her extensive experience in the areas of established company cultures, executive compensation and human resources. Through her professional background, Ms. Higgins Victor brings to the Board large company leadership expertise, a dedication to continuous improvement and entrepreneurial experience. In addition, her experience in executive development, succession planning and leadership coaching continues to be a valuable asset to the Board, particularly in her role as Chairwoman of the Nominating Committee.


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Rogelio M. Rebolledo
, 66, has been a director since August 2006. In 2007, Mr. Rebolledo retired from his position as chairman of PBG Mexico, the Mexican operations of The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages. He also served as president and chief executive officer of The Pepsi Bottling Group's Mexico operations from January 2004 until being named chairman. From 2001 to 2003, he was president and chief executive officer of Frito-Lay International, a producer of snack foods and subsidiary of PepsiCo. He began his 30-year career with PepsiCo in 1976 at Sabritas, the salty snack food unit of Frito-Lay International in Mexico, where he was responsible for the development of the international Frito-Lay business,
first in Latin America and then in Asia. Mr. Rebolledo serves on the board of Kellogg Company, a manufacturer and marketer of ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods. He previously served on the boards of The Pepsi Bottling Group; Applebee's International, Inc., a restaurant chain (now DineEquity, Inc.); and ALFA Corporation, a manufacturer of high-tech aluminum engine heads and blocks based in Mexico. His experience in oversight responsibility for multi-national operations and international expansion at Pepsi and Frito-Lay is highly valuable to the Board as it makes decisions about our international expansion. Through his time with these companies, in addition to his board service at Kellogg, Applebee's and ALFA, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in large company leadership, marketing, branding, international business and global market entry — key elements of our strategic priorities.

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Gérard R. Vittecoq
, 62, has been a director since September 2008. Since 2004, he has been a group president and executive office member of Caterpillar, Inc., a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines based in Peoria, Illinois. He is responsible for the company's Energy and Power Systems Group, which includes its Industrial Power Systems & Growth Markets division, Large Power Systems and Growth Markets division, Marine and Petroleum Power division, Electrical Power division, Progress Rail division / EMD and solar division. He is also responsible for driving enterprise profit and loss accountability for Caterpillar's Europe-Africa-Middle East ("EAME") region. He joined Caterpillar in 1975 and
has served in various accounting- and finance-related roles within the company. From 1987 to 1990, he was in charge of strategy projects and was appointed director of strategy & planning in 1990, where he served until 1995. From 1995 to 1997, he was managing director of Caterpillar France S.A. In 1997, he became managing director of Caterpillar Belgium S.A. He was elected a vice president in January 2001, overseeing the EAME Product Development & Operations division. He is a member of the IMD (International Institute for Management Development) Foundation board, a member of the Evian Group: Free Trade Think Tank, an executive member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a vice president of the board of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Arteres Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports public medicine and healthcare in Geneva, Switzerland. Through Mr. Vittecoq's extensive tenure with Caterpillar, he has gained international management experience, branding knowledge and financial expertise. Mr. Vittecoq's background as an accomplished business leader and his financial acumen, in addition to his political savvy, are valuable assets to the Board as it focuses on our further expansion in the global marketplace.

Director — Not standing for re-election at the Meeting
(age as of February 26, 2011)


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  Elliot S. Kaplan, 74, has been a director and Secretary since January 1971. Since 1961, he has been an attorney with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, which serves as our primary external general counsel. He is also an owner and director of the Bank of Naples in Naples, Florida. In addition, he serves on the executive board of the Minnesota Historical Society and the board of the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Foundation for Children, and is a trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation. He also previously served on the boards of infoUSA, Inc, a direct marketing company; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and PACER Center, an organization that seeks to expand opportunities for children and young adults
with disabilities. His years of legal practice provide Mr. Kaplan with a deep understanding of business litigation, intellectual property litigation and licensing, antitrust and trade regulation, and corporate governance, all of which help Mr. Kaplan provide an experienced legal perspective to our Board. Mr. Kaplan also brings historical knowledge of our culture to the Board. On April 6, 2011, Mr. Kaplan notified us that he would be retiring as a director of the Board and Secretary at the end of his term on June 21, 2011 and would not stand for re-election at the Meeting.

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

The following table provides information about the number of shares of our common stock beneficially owned at February 26, 2011, by our Chairman of the Board, our CEO, our Chief Financial Officer and each of our three other most highly compensated executive officers during the most recent fiscal year. The table provides similar information for each director including the director nominees, all directors and executive officers as a group, and each person or institution that we know who beneficially owns more than 5% of the outstanding shares of our common stock.

Name and Address(1)
  Number of Shares
Beneficially Owned

  Percent of Shares
Beneficially Owned

 

Richard M. Schulze
Founder and Chairman of the Board

  70,011,003 (2) 17.80%

Brian J. Dunn
Chief Executive Officer and Director

  832,602 (3) *

James L. Muehlbauer
Executive Vice President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer

  245,960 (4) *

Shari L. Ballard
Executive Vice President, President — Americas

  298,535 (5) *

Michael A. Vitelli
Executive Vice President, President — Americas

  131,847 (6) *

Carol Surface
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

  31,427 (7) *

Lisa M. Caputo
Director

  14,512 (8) *

Kathy J. Higgins Victor
Director

  57,980 (9) *

Ronald James
Director

  70,531 (10) *

Elliot S. Kaplan
Secretary and Director

  132,061 (11) *

Sanjay Khosla
Director

  23,250 (12) *

George L. Mikan III
Director

  27,000 (13) *

Matthew H. Paull
Director

  72,669 (14) *

Rogelio M. Rebolledo
Director

  39,350 (15) *

Hatim A. Tyabji
Director

  144,250 (16) *

Gérard R. Vittecoq
Director

  25,937 (17) *

All directors and executive officers, as a group (23 individuals)

  72,918,133 (18) 18.42%

Fidelity (FMR LLC)
82 Devonshire Street
Boston, MA 02109

  21,975,749 (19) 5.52%

*
Less than 1%.

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(1)
The business address for all directors and executive officers is 7601 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, Minnesota 55423.

(2)
The figure represents: (a) 1,147,500 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Schulze; (b) 59,006,043 outstanding shares registered in the name of Mr. Schulze and a co-trustee, and held by them as trustees of a trust for the benefit of Mr. Schulze, of which up to $150 million aggregate amount of shares have been pledged by the trust as collateral to secure a line of credit; (c) 4,429,231 outstanding shares registered in the name of Mr. Schulze and co-trustees, and held by them as trustees of trusts for the benefit of Mr. Schulze and his family; (d) 1,143,043 outstanding shares registered in the name of Mr. Schulze and a co-trustee, and held by them as trustees of the Sandra Schulze Revocable Trust dated June 14, 2001; (e) 950,169 outstanding shares held by a limited partnership of which Mr. Schulze is the sole general partner (Mr. Schulze has disclaimed beneficial ownership of these shares except to the extent of his monetary interest therein); (f) 252,312 outstanding shares held by a limited partnership of which a limited liability company owned by Mr. Schulze as the sole general partner; (g) 31,672 outstanding shares held by a limited partnership of which a limited liability company owned by Mr. Schulze is the sole general partner; (h) 28,626 outstanding shares registered in the name of Mr. Schulze and held by him as trustee of trusts for the benefit of the children of Mr. Schulze's spouse (Mr. Schulze has disclaimed beneficial ownership of these shares); (i) 10,728 outstanding shares registered in the name of Mr. Schulze's spouse and co-trustees, and held by them as trustees of trusts for the benefit of Mr. Schulze's spouse (Mr. Schulze has disclaimed beneficial ownership of these shares); (j) 183,726 outstanding shares registered in the name of Mr. Schulze and a co-trustee, and held by them as trustees of the Sandra Schulze Revocable Trust dated June 14, 2001 (Mr. Schulze has disclaimed beneficial ownership of these shares); (k) 2,061 outstanding shares held in Mr. Schulze's individual retirement account; (l) 1,928,409 outstanding shares owned by The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, of which Mr. Schulze is the sole director; (m) 79,983 outstanding shares registered in the name of JPMorgan Chase Bank ("Trustee"), and held by the Trustee in connection with the Best Buy Retirement Savings Plan ("Retirement Savings Plan") for the benefit of Mr. Schulze; and (n) options to purchase 817,500 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(3)
The figure represents: (a) 44,207 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Dunn; (b) 16,869 outstanding shares registered in the name of the Trustee, and held by the Trustee in connection with the Retirement Savings Plan for the benefit of Mr. Dunn; and (c) options to purchase 771,526 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(4)
The figure represents: (a) 24,739 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Muehlbauer; (b) 1,514 outstanding shares held in Mr. Muehlbauer's individual retirement account; (c) 952 outstanding shares registered in the name of the Trustee, and held by the Trustee in connection with the Retirement Savings Plan for the benefit of Mr. Muehlbauer; and (d) options to purchase 218,755 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(5)
The figure represents: (a) 33,714 outstanding shares owned by Ms. Ballard; (b) 13,464 outstanding shares registered in the name of the Trustee, and held by the Trustee in connection with the Retirement Savings Plan for the benefit of Ms. Ballard; and (c) options to purchase 251,356 shares, which she could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(6)
The figure represents: (a) 21,870 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Vitelli; (b) 796 outstanding shares registered in the name of the Trustee, and held by the Trustee in connection with the Retirement Savings Plan for the benefit of Mr. Vitelli; and (c) options to purchase 109,181 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(7)
The figure represents: (a) 27,144 outstanding shares owned by Ms. Surface; (b) 143 outstanding shares registered in the name of the Trustee, and held by the Trustee in connection with the Retirement Savings Plan for the benefit of Ms. Surface; and (c) options to purchase 4,140 shares, which she could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(8)
The figure represents: (a) 2,012 outstanding shares owned by Ms. Caputo; (b) options to purchase 12,500 shares, which she could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(9)
The figure represents: (a) 6,730 outstanding shares owned by Ms. Higgins Victor; and (b) options to purchase 51,250 shares, which she could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(10)
The figure represents: (a) 8031 outstanding shares owned by Mr. James; and (b) options to purchase 62,500 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(11)
The figure represents: (a) 58,311 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Kaplan; and (b) options to purchase 73,750 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(12)
The figure represents: (a) 2,000 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Khosla; and (b) options to purchase 21,250 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(13)
The figure represents: (a) 2,000 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Mikan; and (b) options to purchase 25,000 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(14)
The figure represents: (a) 10,169 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Paull; and (b) options to purchase 62,500 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(15)
The figure represents: (a) 1,850 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Rebolledo; and (b) options to purchase 37,500 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

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(16)
The figure represents: (a) 70,500 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Tyabji; and (b) options to purchase 73,750 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(17)
The figure represents: (a) 4,687 outstanding shares owned by Mr. Vittecoq; and (b) options to purchase 21,250 shares, which he could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(18)
The figure represents: (a) outstanding shares and options described in the preceding footnotes; (b) 66,989 outstanding shares owned by other executive officers; (c) 35,620 outstanding shares registered in the name of the Trustee, and held by the Trustee in connection with the Retirement Savings Plan for the benefit of other executive officers; and (d) options granted to other executive officers to purchase 664,978 shares, which they could exercise within 60 days of February 26, 2011.

(19)
As reported on the owner's most recent Schedule 13G that reported beneficial ownership as of December 31, 2010. FMR LLC has sole voting power over 3,120,369 shares and sole dispositive power over 21,975,749 shares.

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SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires that our directors, executive officers and shareholders who own more than 10% of our common stock file initial reports of ownership with the SEC and the NYSE. They must also file reports of changes in ownership with the SEC and the NYSE. In addition, they are required by SEC regulations to provide us copies of all Section 16(a) reports that they file with the SEC. Based solely on a review of such Section 16(a) reports, management and the Board believe our directors, executive officers and shareholders who own more than 10% of our outstanding equity securities complied with the reporting requirements during the fiscal year ended February 26, 2011, except that due to administrative delay (i) a report was not filed in a timely manner for a withholding of shares for tax purposes in connection with an exercise of stock options on March 1, 2010, by Carol A. Surface, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer; (ii) reports were not filed in a timely manner for an award of equity-based incentive awards on April 7, 2010, by Joseph M. Joyce, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary; James L. Muehlbauer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Kalendu Patel, Executive Vice President and President, Asia; (iii) a report was not filed in a timely manner for the sale of our common stock on April 21, 2010, by Frank D. Trestman, a former director; and (iv) a report was not filed in a timely manner for a withholding of shares for tax purposes in connection with an exercise of stock options on July 7, 2008, by Michael A. Vitelli, Executive Vice President, President—Americas.

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EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

Executive Summary

Our Compensation Discussion and Analysis ("CD&A") describes our executive compensation programs for fiscal 2011, and explains how the Compensation Committee made its compensation decisions for our named executive officers ("NEOs") for fiscal 2011. The NEOs are our CEO, Brian J. Dunn; our Executive Vice President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer ("CFO"), James L. Muehlbauer; and our three other most highly compensated officers: Shari L. Ballard, Executive Vice President, President—Americas; Michael A. Vitelli, Executive Vice President, President—Americas; and Carol A. Surface, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

As described in this CD&A, we designed an executive compensation program for fiscal 2011 to attract and retain highly qualified executives and establish a strong relationship between executive pay and our performance based on achievement of the enterprise-wide goals and benchmarks described below.

Our key compensation decisions for fiscal 2011, as explained in further detail below, are:

    Base Salaries.  The CEO's salary increased by 10% in recognition of his maturity in the chief executive role. The other NEOs', aside from Ms. Surface who joined us in March 2010, salaries also increased by an average of 10%, due to increased scope, scale and responsibility for our largest business unit.

    Short-term incentives.  We made no change to the short-term incentive target payout percentages, however, lower-than-expected enterprise performance resulted in lower payouts for our NEOs.

    Long-term incentives.  We increased the long-term incentive awards for the NEOs to reflect tenure, external market conditions and significant expansions of role. The CEO's long-term incentive award increased by 75%. The other NEOs' awards increased by an average of approximately 30%.

    Special awards.  To replace foregone equity-based awards from her former employer, we gave our new Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer a signing bonus and restricted stock. No other NEO received a special award.

    Other compensation.  The CEO and our other NEOs are generally offered the same employee benefits, perquisites and other rewards offered to all of our U.S.-based employees.

For ease of use, this CD&A is divided into four sections:

1.
Philosophy, Objectives and Principles — This section describes the guiding principles that support our executive compensation programs, including our Total Rewards Philosophy and our Principles of Executive Compensation.

2.
Governance — This section details the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in the development of our executive compensation programs, as well as the individual performance assessments and determinations of compensation for the NEOs.

3.
Factors in Decision-Making — This section describes our "Executive Compensation Framework," which is a set of internal and external factors that allow for a comprehensive, multi-faceted evaluation of total compensation. It also identifies our peer group of companies.

4.
Elements of Our Compensation and Benefit Programs — This section provides an overview of our compensation program, shows the pay mix, and provides a deeper look into each compensation element (base salary, short-term incentive, long-term incentive, restricted stock and other compensation and benefits and perquisites). In addition, it includes our executive stock ownership guidelines, tax considerations, information about our clawback rights and an overview of other relevant policies.

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Philosophy, Objectives and Principles

Total Rewards Philosophy.    We believe our success depends on employees at all levels using their unique strengths, experiences and ideas to foster innovation and build strong customer relationships. While our compensation and benefit programs are important tools in attracting and retaining talented employees, we also believe that non-monetary factors such as work environment, learning and development opportunities, and relationships between employees and managers are critical to provide a rewarding employee experience. Collectively, these elements comprise our "Total Rewards" philosophy.

Objectives.    Our Total Rewards philosophy seeks to meet the following compensation objectives:

    Provide employees a wide array of rewards;

    Differentiate rewards to individuals, based on their contributions;

    Encourage and recognize experimentation, entrepreneurship and innovation;

    Reward employee contributions toward achieving desired financial and non-financial results; and

    Maintain a flexible compensation structure that allows employees to share in our success.

We implement these objectives by employing broad-based programs that are designed to align employee interests with company goals and create a common vision of success.

Principles of Executive Compensation.    The Compensation Committee uses the following Principles of Executive Compensation as a means to assess our executive compensation program and to provide guidance to management on the Compensation Committee's expectations for our overall executive compensation structure.


Principles of Executive Compensation

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Governance

The following table summarizes the roles of each of the key participants in the executive compensation decision-making process.

Key Participant
  Member(s)
  Role in Decision-Making Process
 
Compensation Committee   Ronald James (Chair)
Kathy J. Higgins Victor
  Established our Total Rewards philosophy and our compensation objectives.
    George L. Mikan, III    
    Hatim A. Tyabji   Determines, approves and oversees executive compensation, including the design, competitiveness and effectiveness of our compensation programs. Also oversees the development, evaluation and approval of incentive compensation, equity-based pay and other material employee benefit plans for all employees, including the NEOs.

 

 

 

 

Certain matters that do not materially impact our NEOs have been delegated by the Compensation Committee to members of management in order to ensure timely decision-making, maintain compliance with legal or regulatory obligations or for administrative reasons. For example, such delegations include:
       

•       to our CEO, the authority to appoint officers at the vice president level;

       

•       to our Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, the authority to modify officer titles, provided that the modification does not impact the officer's compensation or role; and

       

•       to our Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, the authority to amend our benefit plans for limited and immaterial purposes, such as to comply with applicable laws and regulations.


 

 

 

 

The Compensation Committee's charter is available on our Web site at www.bby.com — select the "Investor Relations" link and then the "Corporate Governance" link.
 
Compensation Committee's Independent Compensation Consultant   Don Delves of
The Delves Group
  Reports directly to the Compensation Committee and participates in its meetings, but provides no other consulting or other services to us.
        Reviews the recommendations of management with the Compensation Committee to ensure that the recommendations are aligned with our stated objectives and are reasonable when compared to our peer market for executive and director talent.
 
CEO   Brian J. Dunn   Generally attends when management presents compensation recommendations to the Compensation Committee for our other executive officers and provides his perspective. Does not participate in or otherwise influence management's recommendations for himself.
 

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Key Participant
  Member(s)
  Role in Decision-Making Process
 
Human Resources ("HR")       As led by Ms. Surface, during the first quarter of each fiscal year, provides the Compensation Committee with compensation recommendations for our executive officers.

 

 

 

 

HR's presentation includes a summary of the application of several internal and external factors to each of our executive officers, which we refer to as our "Executive Compensation Framework." HR generally applies and analyzes the internal factors and works with Towers Watson to apply and analyze the external factors.

 

 

 

 

Our other NEOs do not participate in the development of compensation recommendations or the approval process, although they may provide perspective on recommendations for their direct reports.
 
HR's Compensation Consultant   Towers Watson   Assists HR in the development and analysis of external compensation data that management uses to facilitate its executive and director compensation recommendations to the Compensation Committee.

 

 

 

 

Attends Compensation Committee meetings to address matters directly related to its engagement, including questions regarding external market data and related analyses. It also assisted the Compensation Committee in reviewing compensation relative to risk.

 

 

 

 

Reports directly to HR and does not engage with the Compensation Committee, except with regard to the aforementioned matters and at the request and under the direction of HR.

 

 

 

 

Provides non-executive compensation consulting and other services expressly at the direction of HR and without the direct engagement of the Compensation Committee.
 


Factors in Decision-Making

Executive Compensation Framework.    For fiscal 2011, each element of compensation and the level of total direct compensation for each of our NEOs was determined by referencing our Executive Compensation Framework. Our Executive Compensation Framework consists of a set of internal and external factors that allow for a comprehensive, multi-faceted evaluation of total compensation based on each individual's personal attributes and talents, the internal "value" of their role, and objective external market data. The factors are not required to carry equal weight and not all of the factors are considered in determining the compensation recommendation for each individual. We believe that the diversity of the factors included in our Executive Compensation Framework and our flexibility in their application enhances our ability to develop compensation packages that (i) further our compensation objectives, (ii) further one or more of our strategic initiatives, and (iii) produce the highest return on our compensation investment.

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For fiscal 2011, the internal and external factors that comprised our Executive Compensation Framework were as follows:

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We applied the external factors to each NEO based on a review of publicly available compensation data for our peer group of companies and the Fortune 100, and in some instances, we also consulted survey data.(1) We used available information and monitored actions taken by our peers to evaluate market trends and to assess the overall competitiveness of our executive compensation levels. We did not, however, seek to establish total direct compensation that falls within a prescribed range relative to our peer group of companies or the Fortune 100. In addition, the Compensation Committee may at times use our peer group of companies to evaluate:


(1)
The surveys we consulted, as well as the companies they surveyed, are listed in Schedule A to this CD&A, beginning on page 47.

The cost of the total direct compensation paid to our NEOs;

The relationship between our financial performance and the compensation paid to our NEOs; and

The relative difficulty of our incentive performance targets.

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Peer Group.    The criteria we used to determine our peer group of companies in fiscal 2011 was unchanged from the criteria we used in fiscal 2010. Our peer group has remained stable since fiscal 2008, with few exceptions. We continue to use the same factors to select our peers: predominantly retail or wholesale companies with more than $5 billion in revenue and significant revenue generated outside of the U.S. Our peer group at the time compensation was determined for our NEOs in fiscal 2011 was comprised of the following companies:

    Amazon.com, Inc.

    Apple Inc.

    Costco Wholesale Corporation

    Dell Inc.

    eBay Inc.

    FedEx Corporation

    Harley-Davidson, Inc.

    Lowe's Companies, Inc.

    Nordstrom, Inc.

    Staples, Inc.

    Starbucks Corporation

    Target Corporation

    The TJX Companies, Inc.

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

    Walgreen Co.

    The Walt Disney Company

    Whole Foods Market, Inc.

    Yahoo! Inc.

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Elements of Our Compensation and Benefit Programs

Overview.    The fiscal 2011 compensation for our NEOs included the following elements:

Element
  Form(s) of Compensation
  Purpose
  Performance Metric(s)
 

Base Salary

  Cash   Provide competitive, fixed compensation to attract and retain exceptional executive talent   Not performance-based
 

Short-Term Incentive

  Cash   Create a strong financial incentive for achieving or exceeding company goals   Net operating profit, revenue, gross profit rate
 

Long-Term Incentive

  Stock options   Create a strong financial incentive for increasing shareholder value and encourage a significant equity stake in our company   Best Buy common stock price
 

Individual Recognition Restricted Stock Award

  Restricted stock   Recognize superior performance rendered and attract and retain exceptional executive talent   Performance-and not performance-based
 

Signing Bonus

  Cash   Provide compensation to attract exceptional executive talent   Not performance-based
 

Health, Retirement and Other Benefits

  Eligibility to participate in benefit plans generally available to our employees, including health, retirement, stock purchase, severance, life insurance and disability plans   Plans are part of our broad-based employee benefits program   Not performance-based
 

Executive Benefits and Perquisites

  Annual executive physical exam, supplemental long-term disability insurance, four weeks of paid vacation, expanded employee discount, stock ownership target planning and tax planning/preparation services   Provide competitive benefits to promote the health, well-being and financial security of our executive officers   Not performance-based
 

Fiscal 2011 Pay Mix.    The Compensation Committee does not establish a set pay mix for our executive officers. However, our executive compensation program does emphasize long-term compensation versus short-term compensation. The resulting target pay mix for fiscal year 2011 for our CEO and our other NEOs, on average, is shown below. Actual salary levels, short-term incentive awards (identified in the table below as "STI" and discussed in

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further detail in Short-Term Incentive) and long-term incentive awards (identified in the table below as "LTI" and discussed in further detail in Long-Term Incentive) vary based on factors in the Executive Compensation Framework.


CEO
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Other NEOs on average
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Each element in the target pay mix is discussed below and shown in the Summary Compensation Table on page 50.


Base Salary
The Compensation Committee generally determines base salary levels for the NEOs and other executive officers during the second quarter of each fiscal year, with changes becoming effective during that quarter. The base salaries for the NEOs that became effective in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 ("Fiscal 2011 Base Salary") were established based on an assessment of each officer under our Executive Compensation Framework. The Fiscal 2011 Base Salary and the comparable Fiscal 2010 Base Salary for each of the NEOs, as well as the key factors the Compensation Committee considered, were as follows:

 

  
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Name
  Fiscal 2011 Base Salary
  Fiscal 2010 Base Salary
  Percent Change
  Key Factors
 
Mr. Dunn   $1,100,000   $1,000,000   10%   Internal Factors:
               

•       Highest ranking officer in our company

               

•       Highly complex position responsible for balancing short- and long-term strategic and operational decisions

               

•       Increased accountability for driving company growth in the connected world

               

•       Strong motivator and leader; established record of building markets while living and teaching company values

               

•       Maturity in role


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External Factors:
               

•       Salary and total direct compensation below median of Fortune 100 and salary at median and total compensation below median of our peer group, in each case as compared to other chief executive officers

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Name
  Fiscal 2011 Base Salary
  Fiscal 2010 Base Salary
  Percent Change
  Key Factors
 

Mr. Muehlbauer

 

$675,000

 

$642,000

 

5%

 

Internal Factors:
               

•       Strong aptitude for risk mitigation and process development

               

•       Success in bringing discipline and order to complex multi-national business


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External Factors:
               

•       Total direct compensation below median of Fortune 100 and our peer group, in each case as compared to other chief financial officers

               

•       High level of turnover among Fortune 100 chief financial officers


Ms. Ballard

 

$700,000

 

$650,000

 

8%

 

Internal Factors:
               

•       Expansion of role for fiscal 2011

               

•       Proven ability to rally teams around our philosophy and approach

               

•       Ability to balance strong customer focus with employee advocacy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External Factors:
               

•       Total direct compensation below median of Fortune 100 and of our peer group, in each case as compared to blend of 3rd and 4th highest compensated officers


Mr. Vitelli

 

$700,000

 

$600,000

 

17%

 

Internal Factors:
               

•       Expansion of role for fiscal 2011

               

•       Strong and deep industry knowledge and networks

               

•       Manages communication to vendor community with high degree of authority and influence


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External Factors:
               

•       Total direct compensation below median of Fortune 100 and of our peer group, in each case as compared to blend of 3rd and 4th highest compensated officers


Ms. Surface

 

$490,000

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Internal Factors:
               

•       Broad global experience

               

•       Transformational skills


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External Factors:
               

•       Total direct compensation above 75th percentile as compared to other top human resources executives and below median of our peer group as compared to 5th highest compensated officer

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Short-Term Incentive
We believe that it is important that a higher percentage of total cash compensation for higher ranking positions be linked to our performance. For fiscal 2011, the NEOs were eligible for performance-based, short-term incentive awards pursuant to our fiscal 2011 Short-Term Incentive Program ("STI"). Fiscal 2011 STI awards were payable in cash and were expressed as a target payout percentage of salary. The NEOs' fiscal 2011 STI payments were made after the end of the fiscal year.

 

  
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The fiscal 2011 STI is comprised of several different plans that have unique performance criteria to align with the varying responsibilities and geographic areas served by the group of employees eligible for each plan. For fiscal 2011, Messrs. Dunn and Muehlbauer and Ms. Surface were eligible for the Enterprise Executive STI Plan and Ms. Ballard and Mr. Vitelli were eligible for the Americas Regional STI Plan.

Fiscal 2011 STI Performance Criteria.    In May 2010, the Compensation Committee approved the performance criteria, in the form of metrics, and the target performance levels for each metric for each of the fiscal 2011 STI plans. The performance metrics were designed to support our fiscal 2011 business priorities, specifically centering on profitable growth and margin. Net operating profit was included as a key metric because it reflects the decisions and actions of a short-term environment while still taking sales, general and administrative expenses into account. The Americas Regional STI Plan metrics were designed to provide consistency with the Enterprise Executive STI Plan metrics, but focus more directly on the performance of our businesses in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Since Ms. Ballard and Mr. Vitelli's roles specifically involve the management of the businesses in these regions, these metrics are more appropriate for their scope of responsibility, while Messrs. Dunn and Muehlbauer and Ms. Surface's responsibilities apply to the entire enterprise, regardless of region.

In establishing the target performance levels, the Compensation Committee considered our historical performance and target setting practices, as well as investor and market expectations.

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The following tables set forth the performance metrics and target performance target levels, as well as our actual fiscal 2011 performance against each metric for the Enterprise Executive STI Plan and Americas Regional STI Plan:

Enterprise Executive STI Plan (Messrs. Dunn and Muehlbauer and Ms. Surface)(1)

Fiscal 2011 Performance Metric
  Weight of
Metric

  Threshold
Performance

  Target
Performance

  Maximum
Performance

  Actual
Performance
(as adjusted)

  (2)
 
   

Enterprise net operating profit ("NOP")

    50 % </=$2,450   $2,601-2,650   >/=$2,851   $ 2,340      

Enterprise Revenue

    25 % </=$51,799   $53,000-$53,999   >/=$55,000   $ 50,445      

Enterprise Gross Profit Rate ("GPR")

    25 % </=24.64%   24.95%-25.04%   >/=25.45%     25.21 %    

Americas Regional STI Plan (Ms. Ballard and Mr. Vitelli)(1)

Fiscal 2011 Performance Metric
  Weight of
Metric

  Threshold
Performance

  Target
Performance

  Maximum
Performance

  Actual
Performance
(as adjusted)

  (2)
 
   

Enterprise NOP

    25 % </=$2,450   $2,601-2,650   >/=$2,851   $ 2,340      

Americas net operating profit ("Americas NOP")

    25 % </=$2,399   $2,550-2,599   >/=$2,800   $ 2,240      

Americas Revenue

    25 % </=$44,099   $45,300-45,699   >/=$47,300   $ 42,589      

Americas Gross Profit Rate ("Americas GPR")

    25 % </=24.44%   24.75%-25.84%   >/=25.25%     25.03 %    

(1)
Dollar amounts in millions.

(2)
For fiscal 2011, we adjusted our actual results for the following metrics: Enterprise NOP, Enterprise GPR, Americas NOP and Americas GPR due to restructuring charges we recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 that we reported on Form 8-K on February 22, 2011. In addition, we adjusted our actual results for all metrics to reflect budgeted foreign exchange rates. As a result, our adjusted Enterprise NOP of $2,340 million compares to reported Enterprise NOP of $2,114 million; our adjusted Enterprise Revenue of $50,445 compares to reported Enterprise Revenue of $50,272; our adjusted Enterprise GPR of 25.21% compares to our reported Enterprise GPR of 25.17%; our adjusted Americas NOP of $2,240 million compares to our actual Americas NOP of $2,185 million; our adjusted Americas Revenue of $42,589 compares to our actual Americas Revenue of $42,768 and our adjusted Americas GPR of 25.03% compares to our actual Americas GPR of 25.01%. Such adjustments were provided for in the plan design and are consistent with adjustments made to performance results used for STI calculations in prior years. None of the adjustments described here affected the fiscal 2011 payouts of our NEOs.

Determination of Fiscal 2011 STI Target Payout.    In June 2010, the Compensation Committee approved the total fiscal 2011 target compensation for each NEO, including approval of the target payout percentages for our NEOs under the fiscal 2011 STI. The Compensation Committee generally applies a tiered approach in determining the potential target payout percentages for each NEO, establishing a target payout at 100%, 125% or 200% of salary for each individual. The specific target payout percentage for each NEO is determined by applying our Executive Compensation Framework, with particular emphasis placed on the following factors:

    internal job ranking of each position;

    each NEO's job responsibilities and expertise;

    internal pay equity among the NEOs; and

    external market data factors for equivalent roles.

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For fiscal 2011, the NEOs did not receive an increase in their target payout percentages and, therefore, the tiered target payouts of 100%, 125% or 200% of salary remained the same as the NEOs' target payouts for fiscal 2010. For each of the metrics, the NEOs could earn zero to two times their weighted target payout percentage for that metric, making the maximum fiscal 2011 STI payout two times their target payout percentage. However, due to lower-than-expected performance, fiscal 2011 STI payouts were actually reduced from fiscal 2010. Since we did not exceed our threshold performance level for two out of the three performance metrics in the Enterprise Executive STI Plan and three out of the four performance metrics in the Americas Regional STI Plan, the only metrics to have weight in the determination of the fiscal 2011 STI payments for our NEOs were Enterprise GPR and Americas GPR, respectively. The fiscal 2011 target payout percentages and the actual fiscal 2011 STI payout for each NEO are set forth in the table below:

 
  Target Payout
Percentage

  Target Payout Value,
based on Salary

  (1)
  Fiscal 2011 STI
Payment

  Fiscal 2011 STI
Payment, as a
Percentage of
Salary

  (1)
 
   

Mr. Dunn

    200 % $ 2,133,334       $ 746,667     70 %    

Mr. Muehlbauer

    125 % $ 830,000       $ 290,500     43.75 %    

Ms. Ballard

    125 % $ 854,166       $ 298,958     43.75 %    

Mr. Vitelli

    125 % $ 833,335       $ 291,667     43.75 %    

Ms. Surface

    100 % $ 476,666       $ 166,833     35 %    

(1)
"Salary" is the aggregate of the NEO's salary as of the 15th of each fiscal month in fiscal 2011, rather than the actual aggregate salary paid in fiscal 2011.


Long-Term Incentive
Awards of equity-based compensation to our executive officers encourage a strong ownership stake in our company and align the interest of the NEOs and our shareholders. All equity-based incentive awards for our NEOs and directors must be approved by the Compensation Committee. During fiscal 2011, we made long-term incentive awards to our NEOs and other eligible employees (typically, manager level and above) pursuant to our

 

  
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Long-Term Incentive Program ("LTI") as approved by the Compensation Committee in April 2010. LTI awards are made under our Omnibus Plan. The fiscal 2011 LTI awards made to our NEOs were in the form of non-qualified stock options, granted in equal quarterly installments that have a term of ten years and become exercisable over a four-year period at the rate of 25% per year, beginning one year from the date of grant. The exercise price for such options was equal to the closing price of our common stock on the grant date, as quoted on the NYSE.

Under the terms of the Omnibus Plan, we may not grant stock options at a discount to fair market value. Unless otherwise determined by the Compensation Committee, "fair market value" as of a given date is the closing price of our common stock as quoted on the NYSE on such date or, if the shares were not traded on that date, the most recent preceding date when the shares were traded.

Determination of Fiscal 2011 LTI Award.    In June 2010, the Compensation Committee approved the total fiscal 2011 target compensation for each NEO, which included approval of the number of stock options awarded to each NEO under the fiscal 2011 LTI. LTI award amounts are determined based upon the application of our Executive

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Compensation Framework, with overall compensation mix and external market data for equivalent roles being key factor in the determination of the award made to each NEO.

Mr. Dunn received a fiscal 2011 LTI award that represented a 75% increase over his prior-year LTI award to acknowledge his tenure in the role of CEO and external competitive data. Likewise, Mr. Muehlbauer received a 50% increase over his prior-year LTI award due to external market conditions. Mr. Vitelli and Ms. Ballard each received approximately a 21% increase over their prior year LTI awards in acknowledgement of their May 2010 expansions of role. Ms. Surface's fiscal 2011 LTI award was determined when she joined us during the first quarter of fiscal 2011 and no changes were made to her LTI award in June 2010.

The fiscal 2011 LTI awards for each NEO are set forth in the following table:

Name
  Number of Shares subject to
Fiscal 2011 LTI Option Award

 
   

Mr. Dunn

    350,000  

Mr. Muehlbauer

    120,000  

Ms. Ballard

    80,000  

Mr. Vitelli

    80,000  

Ms. Surface

    66,252  

Quarterly installments of LTI awards are granted near the beginning of each fiscal quarter. Since fiscal 2011 LTI awards were determined during the second quarter of fiscal 2011, the NEOs received in fiscal 2011 two installments of LTI grants pursuant to their fiscal 2010 LTI award and two installments of LTI grants pursuant to their fiscal 2011 LTI award. The following table sets forth the number of shares subject to options received by each NEO as LTI grants during fiscal 2011:

Name
  Number of Shares subject to
Options Received during Fiscal 2011

 
   

Mr. Dunn

    275,000  

Mr. Muehlbauer

    100,000  

Ms. Ballard

    73,126  

Mr. Vitelli

    73,126  

Ms. Surface

    66,252  

Additional information regarding the LTI awards granted to the NEOs in fiscal 2011 is included in the Grants of Plan-Based Awards table on page 52.


Special Awards
Ms. Surface received a $600,000 signing bonus and 32,500 shares of time-based restricted stock (vesting 25% upon grant and 25% on each successive anniversary for three years) when she joined us in March 2010. The Compensation Committee determined both awards by applying the existing compensation arrangements factor of our Executive Compensation Framework. The Compensation Committee felt that Ms. Surface's extensive

 

  
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Other Compensation
Benefits and Perquisites.    Our executive officers, including our NEOs, are generally offered the same employee benefits and perquisites offered to all U.S.-based employees, as summarized in the table below:

 

Benefit or Perquisite
  All
Full-Time
U.S.-Based
Employees

  Executive
Officers

 
   

Accidental Death & Dismemberment

    ü     ü  

Business Travel and Accident

    ü     ü  

 — Executive Business Travel & Accident

          ü  

Deferred Compensation Plan

    ü (1)   ü (1)

Employee Discount

    ü     ü  

 — Expanded Employee Discount(2)

          ü  

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

    ü     ü  

Health Insurance

    ü     ü  

 — Executive Physical Exam

          ü  

Life Insurance

    ü     ü  

Long-Term Disability

    ü     ü  

 — Executive Long-Term Disability

          ü  

Retirement Savings Plan

    ü     ü  

Severance Plan

    ü     ü  

Short-Term Disability

    ü     ü  

Stock Ownership Target Planning

          ü  

Tax Planning and Preparation

          ü  

(1)
Only highly compensated employees and directors are eligible to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan, as described below.

(2)
Our executive officers are eligible to receive the same employee discount at U.S. Best Buy stores as all U.S.-based employees. However, they are also eligible to receive discounts at stores operated by some of our subsidiaries that are not generally available to all employees.

We provide the executive benefits and perquisites denoted above to compete for executive talent and to promote the health, well-being and financial security of our NEOs. A description of executive benefits and perquisites, and the costs associated with providing them for the NEOs, are reflected in the "All Other Compensation" column of the Summary Compensation Table on page 50.

Deferred Compensation Plan.    We sponsor the Best Buy Co., Inc. Fifth Amended and Restated Deferred Compensation Plan, as amended ("Deferred Compensation Plan") that is unfunded and unsecured. We believe the plan provides a tax-deferred retirement savings vehicle that plays an important role in attracting and retaining executive talent. Additional information about the Deferred Compensation Plan is included in Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation on page 55.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan.    Our 2008 Employee Stock Purchase Plan ("ESPP") allows employees, including our NEOs, to purchase our common stock at a discount. The stock purchase price is 85% of the lesser of the closing price quoted on the NYSE at the beginning or at the end of a semi-annual purchase period. There is a maximum purchase

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value of $25,000 per calendar year for all plan participants. Beginning with purchases in September 2011, shares acquired through the ESPP will be subject to a 12-month holding period except in limited circumstances (such as death, disability, etc.).

Retirement Savings Plan.    Our Retirement Savings Plan is intended to meet the requirements of Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the "Code"). All of our NEOs are eligible to participate in the plan. The plan provides a safe harbor that allows U.S.-based employees to contribute pre-tax income and immediately vest in company matching contributions. The plan is expected to provide an improved opportunity for such employees to achieve retirement income security. However, the plan is not expected to provide sufficient income replacement relative to our NEOs' anticipated retirement needs. The potential retirement income gap for our NEOs may be filled by other reward elements, including long-term incentives, or by the deferral of a portion of base salary or short-term incentive awards under the Deferred Compensation Plan. Under the Retirement Savings Plan, we match employee contributions, including those made by our NEOs, at rates approved by the Compensation Committee. For fiscal 2011, we matched 100% of the first 3% and 50% of the next 2% of eligible pre-tax earnings (up to Internal Revenue Service limits) contributed by plan participants.

Although we intend to continue the Retirement Savings Plan, as well as to make matching contributions, the Compensation Committee may terminate the plan or discontinue the matching contributions at its sole discretion. If the Retirement Savings Plan were to be terminated, all company-matching funds would immediately vest. JPMorgan Chase Bank has served as the trustee for the Retirement Savings Plan since April 2004. We do not sponsor any other retirement plans in which our NEOs participate.

Severance Plan.    We have a severance plan that complies with the applicable provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Although there are differences in benefits depending on the employee's job level, the basic elements of the plan are comparable for all eligible employees. The plan covers all full-time and part-time U.S. employees of Best Buy Co., Inc., Best Buy Stores, L.P., Best Buy International Holdings, Inc. and Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc., and their domestic subsidiaries, including the NEOs, who have at least six months of continuous service, except for those subject to a separate severance agreement. The plan covers involuntary terminations due to job elimination and discontinuation, office closing, reduction in force, business restructuring and other circumstances as we determine. Eligible terminated employees receive a severance payment ranging from 6 months to two years of base salary, with basic employee benefits such as medical, dental and life insurance continued for an equivalent period. The NEOs are eligible for 2 years of salary and equivalent benefit continuation.

Special Long-Term Incentive Awards.    Special long-term incentive awards may be granted at any time, as deemed necessary for new hires, promotions, and recognition or retention purposes. We do not coordinate or time the release of material information around our grant dates in order to affect the value of the compensation, nor do our NEOs play a role in the selection of grant dates.


Stock Ownership, Tax and Other Policies

Executive Stock Ownership Guidelines.    The Compensation Committee has established stock ownership guidelines to promote the alignment of officer and shareholder interests and to encourage behaviors that have a positive influence on stock price appreciation and total shareholder return. The guidelines apply to all officers, including the NEOs, and are part of an effort to encourage stock ownership by our officers and to instill a pay-for-performance culture. Under the guidelines, we expect our officers, including the NEOs, to acquire ownership of a fixed number of shares, based on

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their position. The stock ownership expectation generally remains effective for as long as the officer holds the position. The guidelines provide for stock ownership levels for our NEOs as follows:

Name
  Ownership Target
  (1)
 

Mr. Dunn

  140,000 shares    

Mr. Muehlbauer

  55,000 shares    

Ms. Ballard

  55,000 shares    

Mr. Vitelli

  55,000 shares    

Ms. Surface

  35,000 shares    

(1)
Ownership targets will be adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends or similar events.

In addition to shares personally owned by each officer, the following forms of stock ownership count toward the ownership target:

    Equivalent shares owned in the Best Buy Stock Fund within our Retirement Savings Plan;

    50% of non-vested shares subject to performance conditions granted under our LTI program;

    50% of non-vested shares subject to time-based conditions granted under our LTI program; and

    50% of the intrinsic value of vested stock options granted under our LTI program.

Until the ownership target is met, our officers and NEOs must comply with a 50% holding requirement (of after-tax value). We expect that until the ownership target is met, officers will retain: (i) 50% of the net proceeds received from the exercise of a stock option in the form of Best Buy common stock; and (ii) 50% of shares net of taxes issued in connection with the lapse of restrictions on restricted stock or performance share awards. The ownership target does not need to be met within a certain timeframe and our officers are considered in compliance with the guidelines as long as progress towards the ownership target is being made. In fiscal 2011, all NEOs were in compliance with the ownership guidelines.

Tax Deductibility of Compensation.    Section 162(m) of the Code limits the deductibility of compensation in excess of $1 million paid to the chief executive officer and each of our four most highly compensated executive officers (other than the chief executive officer and chief financial officer), unless the compensation qualifies as "performance-based compensation." Among other things, in order to be deemed performance-based compensation, the compensation must be based on the achievement of pre-established, objective performance criteria and must be pursuant to a plan that has been approved by our shareholders. It is intended that all performance-based compensation paid in fiscal 2011 to our NEOs under the plans and programs described above will qualify for deductibility, either because the compensation is below the threshold for non-deductibility provided in Section 162(m), or because the payment of amounts in excess of $1 million qualify as performance-based compensation under the provisions of Section 162(m).

We believe that it is important to continue to be able to take available company tax deductions with respect to the compensation paid to our NEOs. Therefore, we strive to take all actions that may be necessary under Section 162(m) to qualify for available tax deductions related to executive compensation. We do not, however, make compensation decisions based solely on the availability of a deduction under Section 162(m).

Clawback and Restrictive Covenant Provisions.    Our senior management performance awards have typically included clawback provisions, particularly where it has been difficult to match the period of an employee's influence on business results. We may exercise our rights under such provisions if other strategies to mitigate unjust rewards are difficult to achieve. In September 2010, we adopted a new Clawback Policy to comply with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform

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and Consumer Protection Act, with final policy language to be determined after the SEC adopts related rules. We also expanded our 2007 Clawback Policy to cover all executive officer incentive award agreements. In addition to the clawback provisions, we include confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation and in select situations, non-disparagement provisions.

Re-pricing of Stock Options.    Under the terms of our Omnibus Plan, a stock option may not, without the approval of our shareholders, be: (1) amended to reduce its initial exercise price, except in the case of a stock split or similar event; or (ii) canceled and replaced by a stock option having a lower exercise price.

Accounting Treatment.    We account for equity-based awards based on their grant date fair value. Compensation expense for these awards is recognized over the requisite service period of the award (or to an employee's eligible retirement date, if earlier). However, if an award is subject to a performance condition, the recognized expense will vary based on our estimate of the number of shares that will ultimately vest.

Transactions in Company Securities.    All employees and non-employee directors are prohibited from purchasing or selling options of our common stock and from short selling our securities. Pursuant to our Securities Trading Policy, trading in put or call options, straddles, equity swaps, or other derivative securities related to our common stock are also prohibited.

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SCHEDULE A

Towers Watson U.S. CDB General Industry Executive Database 2010 Descriptive Statistics Report
General Industry >$20 Billion
Number of Participants: 101

3M   Ford   Nissan North America*
7-Eleven*   General Dynamics   Nokia
Abbott Laboratories   General Motors   Northrop Grumman
Accenture   GlaxoSmithKline   Novartis
Air Liquide*   Grupo Ferrovial*   Novartis Consumer Health*
Alcatel Lucent*   Hannaford*   Orange Business Services*
Alcoa   HBO*   PepsiCo
Amazon.com   Henkel of America*   Pfizer
Archer Daniels Midland   Hewlett Packard   Redcats USA*
AstraZeneca   Hilton Worldwide   Rio Tinto*
AT&T   Hitachi Data Systems*   Roche Diagnostics*
Bayer CropScience*   Hoffmann-La Roche*   Sanofi-Aventis*
Best Buy   Honeywell   Sanofi-Pasteur*
Boehringer Ingelheim*   IBM   Schlumberger
Bristol-Myers Squibb   IKON Office Solutions*   Siemens*
Burlington Northern Santa Fe*   Intel   Sodexo*
Cadbury*   International Paper   Sony Corporation*
Cardinal Health   Johnson & Johnson   Sprint Nextel
Cargill   Johnson Controls   Sunoco
CHS   Kimberly-Clark   Target
Cisco Systems   Koch Industries   Time Warner
Coca-Cola   Kohl's   Time Warner Cable
Continental Automotive Systems*   Lafarge North America*   T-Mobile USA*
CVS Caremark   Lockheed Martin   TUI*
Dannon*   McDonald's   U.S. Foodservice
Dell   McKesson   Unilever United States*
Delta Air Lines   MedImmune*   United Parcel Service
Diageo North America*   Merck & Co.   United Technologies
Dow Chemical   Microsoft   Valero Energy
DuPont   Motorola   Verizon
Eli Lilly   Murphy Oil   Volvo Group North America*
Express Scripts   Nestlé USA*   Walt Disney
Fairchild Controls*   NetJets*   Wm. Wrigley Jr.*
Fluor   NIKE    

* Subsidiary

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Towers Watson U.S. CDB Retail/Wholesale Executive Database 2010 Report
Number of Participants: 40

Aeropostale   Hannaford   Phillips-Van Heusen
Ann Taylor Stores   Harry Winston   School Specialty
A&P   Home Shopping Network   7-Eleven
Best Buy   J.C. Penney Company   Starbucks
Big Lots   J. Crew   Stop & Shop
BJ's Wholesale Club   Kohl's   Target
Blockbuster   Levi Strauss   United Rentals
COACH   L.L. Bean   Valero Energy
Columbia Sportswear   Mary Kay   VF
Cracker Barrel   Nash-Finch   Warnaco
  Old Country Stores   NIKE   Wendy's/Arby's Group
CVS Caremark   Office Depot   Whole Foods Market
Denny's   Pep Boys   Zale
Gap   PetSmart    

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Compensation and Human Resources Committee Report on Executive Compensation

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the "Compensation Discussion and Analysis," above, with management. Based on this review and discussion, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board that the "Compensation Discussion and Analysis" be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 26, 2011, and in this proxy statement.

    COMPENSATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

      Ronald James (Chair)
      Kathy J. Higgins Victor
      George L. Mikan, III
      Hatim A. Tyabji

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Compensation of Executive Officers

Summary Compensation Table

The table below summarizes the total compensation earned by each of our NEOs during fiscal 2011, fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009, as applicable:

Name and Title
  Fiscal
Year

  Base
Salary

  (1)
  Bonus
  (2)
  Stock
Awards

  (3)
  Option
Awards

  (4)
  Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation

  (5)
  Change in
Pension Value
and Non-
Qualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings

  (6)
  All Other
Compensation

  (7)
  Total
 
   
Brian J. Dunn     2011   $ 1,061,540       $       $       $ 3,206,125       $ 746,667               $ 15,168       $ 5,029,500  
  Chief Executive     2010     961,541                         6,220,000         2,996,009                 54,510         10,232,060  
  Officer     2009     876,926                 0   (8)     1,487,640                         15,140         2,379,706  

James L. Muehlbauer

 

 

2011

 

 

662,308

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

1,172,700

 

 

 

 

290,500

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

16,801

 

 

 

 

2,142,309

 
  Executive Vice     2010     622,616                         1,012,000         1,311,450                 12,145         2,958,211  
  President —     2009     551,878                 876,600   (8)     862,400                         16,541         2,307,419  
  Finance and Chief                                                                                    
  Financial Officer                                                                                    

Shari L. Ballard

 

 

2011

 

 

680,770

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

864,835

 

 

 

 

298,958

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

14,928

 

 

 

 

1,859,491

 
  Executive Vice     2010     650,001                         838,075         1,365,002                 67,090         2,920,168  
  President and     2009     630,770                 0   (8)     714,175                         12,329         1,357,274  
  President —                                                                                    
  Americas                                                                                    

Michael A. Vitelli

 

 

2011

 

 

661,540

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

864,835

 

 

 

 

291,667

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

18,110

 

 

 

 

1,836,152

 
  Executive Vice     2010     553,445                         838,075         987,228                 41,153         2,419,901  
  President and     2009     474,278                 0   (8)     431,200                         13,649         919,127  
  President —                                                                                    
  Americas                                                                                    

Carol A. Surface

 

 

2011

 

 

457,308

 

 

 

 

600,000

 

 

 

 

1,196,000

 

 

 

 

789,393

 

 

 

 

166,833

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

65,172

 

 

 

 

3,274,706

 
  Executive Vice     2010                                                              
  President and     2009                                                              
  Chief Human                                                                                    
  Resources                                                                                    
  Officer                                                                                    

(1)
These amounts are before any deferrals under the Deferred Compensation Plan. Additional information about deferred amounts can be found in the Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation table on page 55.

(2)
Our NEOs were not entitled to receive any payments that would be categorized as a "Bonus" payment for fiscal 2011, fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009, except for Ms. Surface who received a signing bonus when she joined us in March 2010.

(3)
These amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value for stock-based incentive awards granted under our LTI for each of fiscal 2011 and 2009. No applicable awards were made in fiscal 2010. The amounts reported have not been adjusted to eliminate service-based forfeiture assumptions. Any performance-based awards included in these amounts have been valued based on the probable outcome of the performance condition(s) as of the grant date.

(4)
These amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value for equity-based incentive awards granted under our LTI for each of fiscal 2011, fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009. The amounts reported have not been adjusted to eliminate service-based forfeiture assumptions.

(5)
These amounts reflect STI payments made for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010. No STI payments were made for fiscal 2009. The respective short-term incentive plans are described in Short-Term Incentive beginning on page 39.

(6)
We do not provide guaranteed, above-market or preferential earnings on compensation deferred under the Deferred Compensation Plan. The investment options available for notional investment of deferred compensation are similar to those available under the Retirement Savings Plan and are described in Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation on page 55.

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(7)
For fiscal 2011, these amounts include All Other Compensation as described in the following table:

  Name
  Retirement Plan
Contribution

  (a)
  Life and Long-Term
Disability Insurance
Premiums

  (b)
  Tax Services
Reimbursement

  (c)
  Executive
Physical

  (d)
  Other
  Total
 
     
 

Brian J. Dunn

  $ 10,338       $ 3,158       $ 1,595               $ 77 (e) $ 15,168  
 

James L. Muehlbauer

   
10,003
       
2,216
       
       
       
4,582

(f)
 
16,801
 
 

Shari L. Ballard

   
10,419
       
1,840
       
       
       
2,670

(g)
 
14,929
 
 

Michael A. Vitelli

   
10,415
       
4,532
       
195
       
2,761
       
207

(e)
 
18,110
 
 

Carol A. Surface

   
12,815
       
1,059
       
       
6,013
       
45,285

(h)
 
65,172
 

    (a)
    These amounts reflect our matching contributions to the NEO's Retirement Savings Plan account.

    (b)
    These amounts reflect the portions of premiums for: (i) life insurance coverage exceeding $50,000, and (ii) supplemental executive long-term disability insurance.

    (c)
    These amounts reflect reimbursement for tax planning and preparation expenses.

    (d)
    These amounts reflect payments for physical exams.

    (e)
    These amounts reflect tax gross-up payments and imputed income from merchandise received.

    (f)
    The amount reflects a dividend equivalent payment and imputed income from merchandise received.

    (g)
    The amount reflects imputed income from health benefits.

    (h)
    The amount reflects relocation expenses and imputed income from merchandise received.
(8)
This amount includes the grant date fair value of the probable outcome of a performance-based restricted stock award that will be earned depending on the level of achievement of performance goals established for the following metrics: (i) comparable store sales, (ii) profit growth, and (iii) revenue growth. The earned portion of the first 50% of the award vested on February 26, 2011, with the remaining 50% of the award, if any, scheduled to vest on March 3, 2012. The maximum value of the performance-based award as of the grant date, assuming the highest level of performance conditions is as follows:

  Name
  Probable Grant Date
Fair Value of
Performance-Based
Award

  Target Grant
in Shares

  Maximum Grant
in Shares

  Maximum Grant Date
Fair Value of
Performance-Based
Award

   
 

Brian J. Dunn

  $0   190,000   475,000   $19,565,250
 

James L. Muehlbauer

 
0
 
100,000
 
250,000
 
10,297,500
 

Shari L. Ballard

 
0
 
82,750
 
206,875
 
8,521,181
 

Michael A. Vitelli

 
0
 
50,000
 
125,000
 
5,148,750


Targets for this award, which require material company growth, were previously disclosed on our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on August 8, 2008.

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Grants of Plan-Based Awards

The table below summarizes the LTI and special award grants made to each of our NEOs during fiscal 2011:

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  All Other
Stock
Awards:
Number
of Shares
of Stock
or Units
(#)

  All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options
(#)

   
   
   
 
   
   
   
  Estimated Future Payouts Under
Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards
   
  Estimated Future Payouts
Under Equity Incentive
Plan Awards
   
  Exercise
or Base
Price of
Option
Awards
($/Sh)

   
 
   
   
   
  (2)
  

   
   
 
  Grant
Date

  Grant Date
Fair Value

   
  Threshold
($)

  Target
($)

  Maximum
($)

  Threshold
(#)

  Target
(#)

  Maximum
(#)

   
   
Name
  (1)
   
  (3)
  (3)
 

Brian J. Dunn

              $ 0   $ 2,133,334   $ 4,266,668                                    

    4/7/2010   $ 689,500                                         50,000       $ 44.20    

    6/23/2010     596,000                                         50,000         36.63    

    9/20/2010     1,010,625                                         87,500         38.32    

    1/12/2011     910,000                                         87,500         35.67    

James L.

   
   
       
0
   
830,000
   
1,660,000
       
   
   
   
   
       
   
 

Muehlbauer

    4/7/2010     275,800                                         20,000         44.20    

    6/23/2010     238,400                                         20,000         36.63    

    9/20/2010     346,500                                         30,000         38.32    

    1/12/2011     312,000                                         30,000         35.67    

Shari L.

   
   
       
0
   
854,166
   
1,708,332
       
   
   
   
   
       
   
 

Ballard

    4/7/2010     228,404                                         16,563         44.20    

    6/23/2010     197,431                                         16,563         36.63    

    9/20/2010     231,000                                         20,000         38.32    

    1/12/2011     208,000                                         20,000         35.67    

Michael A.

   
   
       
0
   
833,335
   
1,666,670
       
   
   
   
   
       
   
 

Vitelli

    4/7/2010     228,404                                         16,563         44.20    

    6/23/2010     197,431                                         16,563         36.63    

    9/20/2010     231,000                                         20,000         38.32    

    1/12/2011     208,000                                         20,000         35.67    

Carol A.

   
   
       
0
   
476,666
   
953,332
       
   
   
   
   
       
   
 

Surface

    3/1/2010 (4)   1,196,000                                     32,500                

    4/7/2010     228,404                                         16,563         44.20    

    6/23/2010     197,431                                         16,563         36.63    

    9/20/2010     191,303                                         16,563         38.32    

    1/12/2011     172,255                                         16,563         35.67    

(1)
These amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value.

(2)
These amounts reflect the potential threshold, target and maximum payout for each NEO under our fiscal 2011 STI, which is described in greater detail in Short-Term Incentive beginning on page 39. The actual payout awarded to each NEO for fiscal 2011 is provided in Short-Term Incentive beginning on page 39 and the Summary Compensation Table beginning on page 50.

(3)
These amounts reflect non-qualified stock options that have a term of ten years and become exercisable over a four-year period at the rate of 25% per year, beginning one year from the grant date. The option exercise price is equal to the closing price of our common stock on the grant date, as quoted on the NYSE. The stock option awards are described in greater detail in Long-Term Incentive beginning on page 41.

(4)
The amount reflects a time-based restricted stock award which vested 25% on the grant date, and will vest an additional 25% on each of the next three anniversaries of the grant date, provided Ms. Surface has been continually employed with us through those dates.

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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

The following table provides a summary of the equity-based awards outstanding for each of the NEOs as of the end of fiscal 2011:

 
  Option Awards   Stock Awards
Name
  Option
Grant Date

  (1)(2)
  Number of
Securities Underlying
Unexercised
Options
Exercisable
(#)

  Number of
Securities Underlying
Unexercised
Options
Unexercisable
(#)

  Option
Exercise
Price

  Option
Expiration
Date

  Stock
Award
Grant Date

  (1)
  Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not Vested(#)

  Market
Value of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That Have Not Vested

  (3)
  Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares, Units
or Other Right
That Have Not
Vested
(#)

  Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Market or
Payout Value of
Unearned Shares,
Units or Other
Rights That Have
Not Vested
($)

  (3)
 

Brian J.

    1/12/2011               87,500   $ 35.67   1/11/2021                                        
 

Dunn

    9/20/2010               87,500     38.32   9/19/2020                                        

    6/23/2010               50,000     36.63   6/22/2020                                        

    4/7/2010               50,000     44.20   4/6/2020                                        

    6/23/2009         50,000     150,000     32.98   6/22/2019                                        

    6/23/2009         75,000     225,000     32.98   6/22/2019                                        

    10/31/2008         69,000     69,000     26.88   10/30/2018   8/5/2008   (4)                     95,000   $ 3,075,150    

    10/18/2007         103,500     34,500     47.84   10/17/2017                                        

    10/23/2006         138,000           55.46   10/22/2016                                        

    11/8/2005         80,000           46.80   11/7/2015                                        

    10/11/2004         47,250           36.73   10/10/2014                                        

    11/3/2003         51,750           39.59   11/2/2013                                        

    1/16/2003         30,000           19.11   1/15/2013                                        

    4/11/2002         65,588           34.18   4/10/2012                                        

    4/27/2001         48,938           24.71   4/26/2011                                        
     

James L.

    1/12/2011               30,000   $ 35.67   1/11/2021                                        
 

Muehlbauer

    9/20/2010               30,000     38.32   9/19/2020                                        

    6/23/2010               20,000     36.63   6/22/2020                                        

    4/7/2010               20,000     44.20   4/6/2020                                        

    1/13/2010         5,000     15,000     39.73   1/12/2020                                        

    9/17/2009         5,000     15,000     37.59   9/15/2019                                        

    6/23/2009         10,000     30,000     32.98   6/22/2019                                        

    10/31/2008         40,000     40,000     26.88   10/30/2018   8/5/2008   (4)                     50,000   $ 1,618,500    

                                  4/18/2008   (5)     5,000   $ 161,850                    

    10/18/2007         30,727     10,243     47.84   10/17/2017                                        

    10/23/2006         10,380           55.46   10/22/2016                                        

    11/8/2005         30,053           46.80   11/7/2015                                        

    10/11/2004         28,500           36.73   10/10/2014                                        

    11/3/2003         25,500           39.59   11/2/2013                                        

    1/16/2003         7,500           19.11   1/15/2013                                        

    4/11/2002         16,875           34.18   4/10/2012                                        

    3/4/2002         4,220           31.04   3/3/2012                                        
     

Shari L.

    1/12/2011               20,000   $ 35.67   1/11/2021                                        
 

Ballard

    9/20/2010               20,000     38.32   9/19/2020                                        

    6/23/2010               16,563     36.63   6/22/2020                                        

    4/7/2010               16,563     44.20   4/6/2020                                        

    1/13/2010         4,140     12,423     39.73   1/12/2020                                        

    9/17/2009         4,140     12,423     37.59   9/16/2019                                        

    6/23/2009         8,281     24,844     32.98   6/22/2019                                        

    10/31/2008         33,125     33,125     26.88   10/30/2018   8/5/2008   (4)                     41,375   $ 1,339,309    

    10/18/2007         49,650     16,550     47.84   10/17/2017                                        

    10/23/2006         66,200           55.46   10/22/2016                                        

    11/8/2005         30,005           46.80   11/7/2015                                        

    10/11/2004         19,350           36.73   10/10/2014                                        

    11/3/2003         32,325           39.59   11/2/2013                                        
     

Michael A.

    1/12/2011               20,000   $ 35.67   1/11/2021                                        
 

Vitelli

    9/20/2010               20,000     38.32   9/19/2020                                        

    6/23/2010               16,563     36.63   6/22/2020                                        

    4/7/2010               16,563     44.20   4/6/2020                                        

    1/13/2010         4,140     12,423     39.73   1/12/2020                                        

    9/17/2009         4,140     12,423     37.59   9/16/2019                                        

    6/23/2009         8,281     24,844     32.98   6/22/2019                                        

    10/31/2008         20,000     20,000     26.88   10/30/2018   8/5/2008   (4)                     25,000   $ 809,250    

    10/18/2007         7,863     2,622     47.84   10/17/2017                                        

    10/23/2006         23,465           55.46   10/22/2016                                        

    11/08/2005         15,027           46.80   11/07/2015                                        

    10/11/2004         3,000           36.73   10/10/2014                                        

    02/09/2004         19,125           35.73   02/08/2014                                        
     

                                                                       

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  Option Awards   Stock Awards
Name
  Option
Grant Date

  (1)(2)
  Number of
Securities Underlying
Unexercised
Options
Exercisable
(#)

  Number of
Securities Underlying
Unexercised
Options
Unexercisable
(#)

  Option
Exercise
Price

  Option
Expiration
Date

  Stock
Award
Grant Date

  (1)
  Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not Vested(#)

  Market
Value of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That Have Not Vested

  (3)
  Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares, Units
or Other Right
That Have Not
Vested
(#)

  Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Market or
Payout Value of
Unearned Shares,
Units or Other
Rights That Have
Not Vested
($)

  (3)
 

Carol A.

    1/12/2011               16,563   $ 35.67   1/11/2021                                        
 

Surface

    9/20/2010               16,563     38.32   9/19/2020                                        

    6/23/2010               16,563     36.63   6/22/2020                                        

    4/7/2010               16,563     44.20   4/6/2020   3/1/2010   (6)     24,375   $ 789,019                    

(1)
For a better understanding of the equity-based awards included in this table, we have provided the grant date of each award.

(2)
All stock option awards reported become exercisable over a four-year period at the rate of 25% per year, beginning one year from the grant date.

(3)
These amounts were determined based on the closing price of Best Buy common stock on February 25, 2011, the last trading day in fiscal 2011. The closing price quoted on the NYSE on February 25, 2011, was $32.37.

(4)
The amount reflects a performance-based restricted stock award that will be earned depending on the level of achievement of performance goals established for the following metrics: (i) comparable store sales, (ii) profit growth, and (iii) revenue growth. The earned portion of the first 50% of the award vested on February 26, 2011, as reflected in Options Exercised and Stock Vested below. The number of shares reflected is the remaining 50% of the target grant, the earned portion of which, if any, is scheduled to vest on March 3, 2012.

(5)
The amount reflects a time-based restricted stock award which vested 25% on the grant date and 25% on each of the next two anniversaries of the grant date, and is scheduled to vest the remaining 25% the next anniversary of the grant date, provided the executive has been continually employed with us through such date.

(6)
The amount reflects a time-based restricted stock award which vested 25% on the grant date and is scheduled to vest an additional 25% on each of the next three anniversaries of the grant date, provided the executive has been continually employed with us through those dates.


Options Exercised and Stock Vested

The table below provides a summary of the value realized in connection with stock option awards exercised and stock awards vested for our NEOs during fiscal 2011:

 
  Option Awards    
  Stock Awards    
Name
  Number of Shares
Acquired on
Exercise
(#)

  Value
Realized on
Exercise

  (1)
  Number of Shares
Acquired on
Vesting
(#)

  Value
Realized on
Vesting
($)

  (2)
    

 

Brian J. Dunn

    21,798 (3) $ 316,378         0 (4) $ 0    

James L. Muehlbauer

                5,000 (5)   224,450    

Shari L. Ballard

                0 (4)   0    

Michael A. Vitelli

                0 (6)   0    

Carol A. Surface

                8,125 (7)   299,000    

(1)
Value based on market value of Best Buy common stock at the time of exercise, minus the exercise cost.

(2)
Value based on the closing market price of Best Buy common stock on the vesting date.

(3)
Mr. Dunn exercised options to purchase 16,875 shares on April 7, 2010, at an exercise price of $31.17 and an average market price of $42.73 and 4,923 shares on December 14, 2010 at an exercise price of $11.11 and an average market price of $35.75.

(4)
The amount reflects a performance-based restricted stock award granted on August 5, 2008 that partially vested on February 26, 2011. The number of shares awarded in fiscal 2011 (0) was determined based on the level of growth of (i) comparable store sales, (ii) profit, and (iii) revenue during the three-year incentive period.

(5)
The amount reflects a time-based restricted stock award and a performance-based restricted stock award. The time-based award was granted on April 18, 2008, vested 25% on the grant date and vested an additional 25% on both April 18, 2009 and on April 18, 2010 (5,000 shares for fiscal 2011). The performance-based award was granted on August 5, 2008, and partially vested on February 26, 2011. The number of

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    shares awarded in fiscal 2011 (0) was determined based on the level of growth of (i) comparable store sales, (ii) profit, and (iii) revenue during the three-year incentive period.

(6)
The amount reflects two performance-based restricted stock awards. The first was granted on October 18, 2007, and vested on February 26, 2011. The number of shares awarded in fiscal 2011 (0) was determined by the level of total shareholder return ("TSR" is the compound annual growth rate that shareholders receive on their investment, including both paid dividends and stock price appreciation) achieved by our common stock compared to the TSR of companies that comprise the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ("S&P 500") during the three-year incentive period. The second was granted on August 5, 2008, and partially vested on February 26, 2011. The number of shares awarded (0) was determined based on the level of growth of (i) comparable store sales, (ii) profit , and (iii) revenue during the three-year incentive period.

(7)
The amount reflects a time-based award that was granted on March 1, 2010, vested 25% (8,125 shares) on the grant date, and is scheduled to vest an additional 25% on the next three anniversaries of the grant date.


Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation

The following table shows the account balances at February 26, 2011, and the contributions and earnings during fiscal 2011, for our NEOs under the Deferred Compensation Plan. The Deferred Compensation Plan allows highly compensated employees, including the NEOs, and directors to defer:

    Up to 75% of base salary; and

    Up to 100% of a cash bonus (earned and paid in the same year), short-term incentive compensation (earned and paid in different years) and director fees, as applicable.

Name
  Executive
Contributions
in Fiscal 2011

  (1)
  Registrant
Contributions
in Fiscal 2011

  Aggregate
Earnings
(Losses)
in Fiscal 2011

  Aggregate
Withdrawals/
Contributions

  Aggregate
Balance at
February 26, 2011

 
   

Brian J. Dunn

  $       $   $   $   $  

James L. Muehlbauer

                178,941     (175,393 )   849,422  

Shari L. Ballard

    281,558             171,048         1,145,538  

Michael A. Vitelli

                         

Carol A. Surface

                         

(1)
These amounts were also reported as either "Base Salary" or "Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation" in the Summary Compensation Table on page 50.

Investments.    Amounts deferred under and contributed to the Deferred Compensation Plan are credited or charged with the performance of investment options selected by the participants. The investment options are notional and do not represent actual investments, but rather serve as a measurement of performance. The options available under the Deferred Compensation Plan and their rates of return for the calendar year ended December 31, 2010, were as follows:

Investment
  Rate of Return
  (1)
 

NVIT Money Market

  0.00%    

PIMCO VIT Total Return

  -0.95%    

PIMCO VIT High-Yield Bond

  2.31%    

Fidelity VIP II Asset Manager

  6.62%    

Vanguard VIF Diversified Value

  9.02%    

Vanguard VIF Equity Index

  10.69%    

MFS VIT Growth Series

  12.57%    

Franklin VIPT Small Cap Value Securities

  17.67%    

Wells Fargo Advantage VT Small Cap Growth

  18.21%    

Vanguard VIF International

  7.34%    

(1)
Rate of return is net of investment management fees, fund expenses or administrative charges, as applicable.

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Distributions.    Participants who elect to defer compensation under the Deferred Compensation Plan also select when the deferred amounts will be distributed to them. Distributions may be made in a specific year, or at a specified time that begins at or after the participant's retirement. Distributions are paid in a lump sum or in quarterly installments, depending on the participant's election at the time of deferral. However, if a participant's employment ends prior to retirement, a distribution is made promptly in a lump sum or in quarterly installments, depending on the account balance.

Employer-Matching Contributions and Vesting.    Prior to 2004, the Deferred Compensation Plan provided for employer-matching contributions. Since January 1, 2004, we do not provide employer-matching contributions for amounts deferred under the plan. Participants are fully vested in their contributions and employer contributions.


Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control

We do not have employment or change-in-control agreements or arrangements with our NEOs. However, we do have a severance plan that covers our NEOs and includes involuntary terminations due to job elimination and discontinuation, office closing, reduction in force, business restructuring and other circumstances as we determine at our discretion. For more details on the severance plan, see Benefits and Perquisites on page 43.

The only amounts we would pay to our NEOs upon termination of employment or a change-in-control are those provided in the severance plan and equity-based incentive awards granted under our LTI or pursuant to special awards. The table below provides for each NEO, as of the end of fiscal 2011, the severance amount and the value of in-the-money stock options and stock awards, calculated based on the closing price of our common stock as quoted on the NYSE on February 25, 2011, the last trading day in

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fiscal 2011. The table also summarizes the potential value of amounts payable under the severance plan and LTI awards for each NEO under various scenarios.

 
   
  Termination    
   
   
   
   
Name
   
  Involuntary
  (1)
  Voluntary
  (2)
  Following
Change-in-
Control

  (3)
  Death or
Disability

  (4)
  Retirement
  (5)
 

Brian J. Dunn

  Cash   $ 2,200,000       $       $ 2,200,000       $       $    

  Stock options     1,151,475         1,151,475         1,530,285         1,530,285         1,530,285    

  Stock awards                     3,075,150         3,075,150         3,075,150    
                                             

  Total   $ 3,351,475       $ 1,151,475       $ 6,805,435       $ 4,605,435       $ 4,605,435    
                                             

James L. Muehlbauer

 

Cash

 
$

1,350,000
     
$

     
$

1,350,000
     
$

     
$

   

  Stock options     324,663         324,663         544,263         544,263         544,263    

  Stock awards                     1,780,350         1,780,350         1,618,500    
                                             

  Total   $ 1,674,663       $ 324,663       $ 3,674,613       $ 2,324,613       $ 2,324,613    
                                             

Shari L. Ballard

 

Cash

 
$

1,400,000
     
$

     
$

1,400,000
     
$

     
$

   

  Stock options     181,856         181,856         363,713         363,713         363,713    

  Stock awards                     1,339,309         1,339,309         1,339,309    
                                             

  Total   $ 1,581,856       $ 181,856       $ 3,103,022       $ 1,703,022       $ 1,703,022    
                                             

Michael A. Vitelli

 

Cash

 
$

1,400,000
     
$

     
$

1,400,000
     
$

     
$

   

  Stock options     109,800         109,800         219,600         219,600         219,600    

  Stock awards                     809,250         809,250         809,250    
                                             

  Total   $ 1,509,800       $ 109,800       $ 2,428,850       $ 1,028,850       $ 1,028,850    
                                             

Carol A. Surface

 

Cash

 
$

980,000
     
$

     
$

980,000
     
$

     
$

   

  Stock options                                        

  Stock awards                     789,019         789,019            
                                             

  Total   $ 980,000       $       $ 1,769,019       $ 789,019       $    
                                             

(1)
Upon involuntary termination due to job elimination or discontinuation, office closing, reduction in force, business restructuring or other circumstances determined at our discretion: (i) payment under the severance plan is triggered, (ii) stock options that are vested as of the date of termination are exercisable for a 60-day period beginning on the termination date and (iii) stock-based awards with performance-based vesting criteria may vest, depending on the termination date. Upon involuntary termination for cause, all unvested stock options and unvested stock awards are immediately and irrevocably forfeited.

(2)
Upon voluntary termination: (i) stock options that are vested as of the date of termination are exercisable for a 60-day period beginning on the termination date and (ii) all unvested stock options and stock awards are immediately and irrevocably forfeited as of the date of termination.

(3)
Upon involuntary termination or termination for good reason within twelve months following a change-in-control: (i) payment under the severance plan is triggered, (ii) stock options vest 100% and are generally exercisable until their natural dates of expiration and (iii) stock awards with performance-based vesting criteria generally vest as if 100% of the target shares had been earned.

(4)
Upon death or disability: (i) stock options vest 100% and are generally exercisable for a one-year period and (ii) stock awards with performance-based vesting criteria generally vest as if 100% of the target shares had been earned.

(5)
Upon qualified retirement: (i) stock options vest 100% and are generally exercisable for a one-year period; (ii) stock awards with performance-based vesting criteria will generally vest as if 100% of the target shares had been earned, except that in some cases, stock awards with performance-based vesting criteria are earned at the end of the performance measurement period, based on the level of performance achieved; and (iii) stock awards with time-based vesting criteria either vest 100% or are irrevocably forfeited, depending on the terms and conditions of the respective award agreement.

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Director Compensation

Overview of Director Compensation

In April of each year, the Compensation Committee reviews the total compensation paid to non-management directors. The purpose of the review is to ensure that the level of compensation is appropriate to attract and retain a diverse group of directors with the breadth of experience necessary to perform the Board's duties, and to fairly compensate directors for their service. The review is comprehensive and includes consideration of qualitative and comparative factors. To ensure directors are compensated relative to the scope of their responsibilities, the Compensation Committee considers: (i) the time and effort involved in preparing for Board, committee and management meetings and the additional duties assumed by committee chairs; (ii) the level of continuing education required to remain informed of broad corporate governance trends, and material developments and strategic initiatives within our company; and (iii) the risks associated with fulfilling fiduciary duties. To supplement the qualitative analysis, the Compensation Committee also considers the total value of the compensation as compared with director compensation at other Fortune 100 companies and our peer group of companies, which is described in Factors in Decision-Making beginning on page 33.

Director Summary Compensation Table

The following table summarizes the compensation earned during fiscal 2011 by our non-management directors, as well as by Messrs. Schulze and Anderson (management directors who were not our full-time employees in fiscal 2011):

Name
  Fees
Earned
or Paid
In Cash

  (1)
  Option
Awards

  (2)
  Non-qualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings

  (3)
  All Other
Compensation

  Total
 
   

Bradbury H. Anderson(4)

  $       $ 147,200       $       $ 79,446 (5) $ 226,646  

Lisa M. Caputo

    75,000         147,200                     222,200  

Kathy J. Higgins Victor

    85,000         147,200                     232,200  

Ronald James

    86,250         147,200                     233,450  

Elliot S. Kaplan*

    85,000         147,200                     232,200  

Sanjay Khosla

    82,500         147,200                     229,700  

Allen U. Lenzmeier(4)

    24,107         147,200                     165,950  

George L. Mikan III

    75,000         147,200                     222,200  

Matthew H. Paull

    82,500         147,200                     229,700  

Rogelio M. Rebolledo

    75,000         147,200                     222,200  

Richard M. Schulze

             — (6)               166,655 (7)   161,406  

Frank D. Trestman(4)

    28,929         147,200                 18,750 (8)   188,629  

Hatim A. Tyabji

    90,000         147,200                     237,200  

Gérard R. Vittecoq

    75,000         147,200                     222,200  

*
Indicates a director who will not be standing for re-election on June 21, 2011.

(1)
The cash compensation in fiscal 2011 for each of our non-management directors consisted of:

 

Annual retainer

  $ 75,000  
 

Annual committee chair retainer (Audit Committee or Compensation Committee)

    15,000  
 

Annual committee chair retainer (all other committees)

    10,000  
 

Lead Independent Director retainer

    10,000  

    The annual retainer and the annual committee chair retainer for non-management directors who serve during only a portion of a fiscal year are prorated. All annual retainers are paid in quarterly installments.

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    Management directors, Richard M. Schulze and Brian J. Dunn, did not receive any cash compensation for their service as directors during fiscal 2011.

(2)
These amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value for stock-based incentive awards granted under our long-term incentive program during fiscal 2011. At February 26, 2011, the aggregate number of shares subject to outstanding stock option awards was: Ms. Caputo — 12,500 shares; Ms. Higgins Victor — 51,250 shares; Mr. James — 62,500 shares; Mr. Kaplan — 73,750 shares; Mr. Khosla — 21,250 shares; Mr. Mikan — 25,000 shares; Mr. Paull — 62,500 shares; Mr. Rebolledo — 37,500 shares; Mr. Schulze — 817,500 shares; Mr. Tyabji — 73,750 shares; and Mr. Vittecoq — 21,250 shares.

(3)
We do not provide guaranteed, above-market or preferential earnings on compensation deferred under the Deferred Compensation Plan. The options available for notional investment of deferred compensation are similar to those available under the Retirement Savings Plan and are described in Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation on page 55.

(4)
Messrs. Anderson, Lenzmeier and Trestman did not stand for re-election on June 24, 2010. Their service as directors ended effective as of that date.

(5)
The amount includes: (a) payment of $53,654 in salary as an employee through November 2010, as described below in Employment & Consulting Arrangements for Bradbury H. Anderson; (b)  payment of $11,469 for accrued vacation days; (c) payment of $9,396 in matching contributions under the Retirement Savings Plan; (e) payment of $3,079 in premiums for life insurance coverage exceeding $50,000; (f) payment of $395 in premiums for executive long-term disability insurance; (g) $1,432 in tax preparation fees; and (g) $21 in tax gross-ups.

(6)
Mr. Schulze requested that he not be granted a long-term incentive award and that options to purchase the number of shares he would have received be contributed to a discretionary award pool to be distributed to our employees.

(7)
The amount includes: (a) payment of $150,000 in salary as Chairman of the Board, as described below in Employment Arrangement for Richard M. Schulze; (b) payment of $5,250 in matching contributions under the Retirement Savings Plan; (c) payment of $8,816 in premiums for life insurance coverage exceeding $50,000; (d) payment of $268 in premiums for executive long-term disability insurance; and (e) $2,321 of imputed income from merchandise received. Not reflected in the amount is the satellite TV service Mr. Schulze received from a third-party in connection with his relationship with us.

(8)
The amount includes payment of $18,750 for services provided as a member of the Advisory Council as described in Advisory Council to the Board below.

Employment & Consulting Arrangements for Bradbury H. Anderson

In June 2009, we entered into an employment arrangement with Mr. Anderson, our former CEO, to provide services to us through June 2010 in connection with our transition to a new CEO. Pursuant to this employment arrangement, Mr. Anderson received an annual salary of $75,000; was eligible to receive options to purchase the same number of shares granted to non-management directors, as described in Director Equity Awards below; and received the following benefits: (i) reimbursement of all business-related expenses, including travel, entertainment, room and board; (ii) full administrative support services at our corporate campus; and (iii) eligibility to participate in the Retirement Savings Plan and Deferred Compensation Plan. Mr. Anderson was not eligible to participate in our equity-based compensation programs for employees, except our ESPP. In June 2010, the employment arrangement with Mr. Anderson was extended through November 2010.

In November 2010, we entered into an Executive Consulting Agreement with Mr. Anderson in which Mr. Anderson agrees to provide mentorship, education and consulting services to members of management at the request of our CEO for a fee of $5,000 per consulting session.

Employment Arrangement for Richard M. Schulze

In April 2007, we entered into an amended employment arrangement with Mr. Schulze, a founder of Best Buy, Chairman of the Board and our former CEO. Mr. Schulze is responsible for Board oversight, corporate strategic planning and mentoring company officers. Mr. Schulze also periodically represents our company at public functions and actively engages with our employees at designated company functions. Pursuant to our employment arrangement with Mr. Schulze, he receives an annual salary of $150,000 for as long as he is physically and mentally proficient to act as Chairman, subject to his election as a director by our shareholders. The arrangement allows for annual

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increases based on the consumer price index. Mr. Schulze is not eligible to participate in our equity-based compensation programs for employees. However, he is eligible to receive options to purchase the same number of shares granted to non-management directors, as described in Director Equity Awards below. In addition, we provided the following benefits to Mr. Schulze in fiscal 2011: (i) reimbursement of all business-related expenses, including travel, entertainment, room and board; (ii) eligibility for Mr. Schulze and his spouse to participate in health benefit programs generally available to our employees; (iii) office facilities at our corporate campus, including full administrative support services; and (iv) eligibility to participate in the Retirement Savings Plan and Deferred Compensation Plan.

Advisory Council to the Board

In April 2010, the Board established an Advisory Council to allow certain departing directors to be an ongoing resource to management and to the Board in order to minimize the potential loss of historical knowledge and company culture following their departure. Members of the Advisory Council are invited by the Chairman and the chairs of the Board's other standing committees. Members of the Advisory Council receive an annual retainer of $25,000.

During fiscal 2011, Mr. Trestman served as a member of the Advisory Council following his retirement from the Board in June 2010.

Director Equity Awards

A significant portion of director compensation is linked to our stock performance in the form of stock option grants. Each April, in connection with the Compensation Committee's annual review of director compensation, the Compensation Committee considers a stock option award for directors. On April 7, 2010, the Compensation Committee granted to each then-serving director, other than management directors who are eligible to participate in our equity-based compensation programs for employees, an option to purchase 10,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $44.20 per share. The grants were made under the Omnibus Plan, vested immediately on the grant date and can generally be exercised over a ten-year period. Mr. Schulze requested that he not be granted a long-term incentive award and that options to purchase the number of shares he would have received be contributed to a discretionary award pool to be distributed to our employees.

The Compensation Committee also considers stock option grants for new directors at the time they are appointed to the Board. Because annual director stock option grants are made in April, special appointment-based grants are prorated based on the number of months remaining prior to the time when the Compensation Committee expects to consider the next annual director grant.

Director Stock Ownership Guidelines

The Compensation Committee has established stock ownership guidelines for our non-management directors. Each non-management director is expected to own shares of our common stock equivalent in value to five times their annual cash retainer. Newly appointed directors have five years from their date of appointment to achieve the expected level of stock ownership.

Deferred Compensation Plan

Each calendar year, we offer our directors the opportunity to defer up to 100% of their annual and committee chair retainers under the Deferred Compensation Plan which is described in Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan on page 55. No company contributions or matching contributions are made for the benefit of directors under the Deferred Compensation Plan.

Other Benefits

We reimburse all directors for travel and other necessary business expenses incurred in performance of their services for us. In addition, all directors are covered under a directors' and officers' indemnity insurance policy.

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

It is our policy not to participate in material related party transactions with officers, directors, controlling persons and other insiders unless the transaction provides us with a demonstrable incremental benefit and the terms are competitive with terms available from unaffiliated third parties.

Pursuant to our Related Party Transactions Policy, if a related party transaction (as defined by SEC rules and the policy) involving an amount greater than $120,000 is proposed, members of the Audit Committee who have no financial interest in the transaction review the transaction to determine whether the necessary incremental benefit is present and whether the transaction should be recommended to the Board for approval. Members of the Board who have no financial interest in the transaction then review and, if appropriate, approve the transaction. In addition, ongoing related party transactions are reviewed annually by the Audit Committee and the Board to ensure that such transactions continue to provide the necessary incremental benefit to us and have competitive terms.

We have a policy of not participating in real estate transactions with officers, directors, controlling persons and other insiders unless they are approved by the members of the Board who have no financial interest in the transaction. The Board must determine that any real estate transaction with an insider has terms that are competitive with terms available from unaffiliated third parties.

We do not have any credit arrangements between our officers, directors, controlling persons and other insiders.


Elliot S. Kaplan

Elliot S. Kaplan, director and our Secretary, is a partner with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. ("RKMC"), which serves as our primary external general counsel. Mr. Kaplan has announced his intent to not seek re-election as a director at our 2011 Meeting. The Board reviews the fees we pay to RKMC annually to ensure that they are competitive with fees charged by other law firms comparable in size and expertise. We paid approximately $12.0 million in legal fees to RKMC during fiscal 2011. In light of Mr. Kaplan's relationship with RKMC, the Board approved the transactions with RKMC and our continued business dealings with the firm.

Jane K. Kirshbaum, Mr. Kaplan's daughter, is employed with us as Senior Corporate Counsel. Ms. Kirshbaum's base salary for fiscal 2011 was $165,000, and she was eligible for a short-term incentive award, payable in cash, with a target payout of 30% of her base salary. Ms. Kirshbaum's total cash compensation for fiscal 2011 was $193,946. Also during fiscal 2011, we awarded Ms. Kirshbaum options to purchase 347 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $44.20 per share, options to purchase 338 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $36.63 per share, options to purchase 338 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $38.32 per share, and options to purchase 338 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $35.67 per share. The stock options expire in April 2020, June 2020, September 2020 and January 2021, respectively, and vest ratably over four years.

Michael J. Stillman, Mr. Kaplan's step-son, is employed by us as Vice President — Best Buy Connect. Mr. Stillman's base salary for fiscal 2011 was $221,000 and he was eligible for a short-term incentive award, payable in cash, with a target payout of 45% of his base salary. Mr. Stillman's total cash compensation for fiscal 2011 was $284,008. Also during fiscal 2011, we awarded Mr. Stillman options to purchase 2,125 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $44.20 per share, options to purchase 2,125 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $36.63 per share, options to purchase 2,125 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $38.32 per share, and options to purchase 2,125 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $35.67 per share. The

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stock options expire in April 2020, June 2020, September 2020 and January 2021, respectively, and vest ratably over four years.

Mr. Kaplan's family members were compensated at levels comparable to the compensation paid to non-family members in similar positions at our company.


Richard M. Schulze

We lease two of our U.S. Best Buy stores from Mr. Schulze, a founder of Best Buy and our Chairman of the Board. During fiscal 2011, we paid aggregate rents of approximately $1.0 million for the two stores leased from Mr. Schulze. The leases include escalation clauses, and one provides for percentage rent based on gross sales. Depending upon our exercise of successive renewal options, the leases run through 2011 and 2018, respectively. We entered into both real estate leases with Mr. Schulze prior to 1990, and the Board approved the leases (with Mr. Schulze not voting). The Board relied on one or more of its members who had no financial interest in the properties to review market comparisons, look into alternative rental agreements and negotiate with Mr. Schulze. The Board determined that these real estate leases were in our best interest and had terms that are competitive with terms available from unaffiliated third parties. Renewals of these leases are reviewed by the Audit Committee pursuant to our Related Party Transactions Policy.

During fiscal 2011, we also leased airplanes and chartered aircraft services, on a non-exclusive basis, from entities owned by the Richard M. Schulze Revocable Trust, under trust agreement dated June 14, 2001, as amended and restated, of which Mr. Schulze is a trustee. The leases expired in fiscal 2011 and we now use such airplanes only pursuant to a block charter agreement. Annually, the Board reviews the arrangements for these airplanes to ensure that the terms are competitive with terms available from unaffiliated third parties. We pay an hourly rate for use of the airplanes, without any required fractional ownership. Our senior management generally use the airplanes when it is more economical or practical than flying commercial airlines. The total amount paid to Mr. Schulze's entities for use of the airplanes during fiscal 2011 was approximately $854,000. All extensions or renewals of the block charter agreement are subject to a competitive bidding process to ensure fair terms.

We purchase certain store fixtures from Phoenix Fixtures, Inc. ("Phoenix"), a company owned by Mr. Schulze's brother. Our decision to conduct business with Phoenix was based on both qualitative and quantitative factors including product quality, pricing, customer service, and design flexibility. In light of Mr. Schulze's relationship with Phoenix, the Board reviewed our transactions with Phoenix and determined that the transactions were on fair terms to us and that Phoenix provides significant advantages with respect to service and delivery as compared with its competitors. Accordingly, the Board approved the transactions and our continued business dealings with Phoenix. The total amount paid to Phoenix during fiscal 2011 was approximately $9.7 million USD and $427,000 CAD. All transactions with Phoenix during fiscal 2011 were subject to a competitive bidding process to ensure fair prices and terms.

Susan S. Hoff, Mr. Schulze's daughter, is Founder, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of The Best Buy Children's Foundation, for which she has served as principal executive officer since the inception of the foundation. In addition, Ms. Hoff serves as a Vice President of our company. Ms. Hoff's base salary for fiscal 2011 was $242,000 and she was eligible for a short-term incentive award, payable in cash, with a target payout of 45% of her base salary. During fiscal 2011, Ms. Hoff received $298,599 in total cash compensation. Also during fiscal 2011, Ms. Hoff was awarded options to purchase 3,000 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $44.20 per share, options to purchase 2,850 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $36.63 per share, options to purchase 2,850 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $38.32 per share, and options to purchase 2,850 shares of Best Buy common stock at an exercise price of $35.67 per share. The stock options expire in April 2020, June 2020, September 2020 and January 2021, respectively, and vest ratably over four years. Ms. Hoff's compensation was deemed reasonable by the Compensation Committee based upon the responsibilities encompassed by her role.

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

The information contained in this Audit Committee Report shall not be deemed to be "soliciting material" or "filed" or incorporated by reference in future filings with the SEC, or subject to the liabilities of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference into a document filed under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The Audit Committee is comprised of four members and acts under a written charter adopted and approved by the Board. The Audit Committee's charter is posted on our Web site at www.bby.com — select the "Investor Relations" link and then the "Corporate Governance" link. All members of the Audit Committee meet the SEC and NYSE definitions of independence and financial literacy for audit committee members. In addition, the Board has determined that all members of the Audit Committee are "audit committee financial experts" for purposes of SEC rules. No member of the Audit Committee serves on the audit committee of more than three public companies.


Committee Meetings

The Audit Committee met ten times, including six times via conference call, during fiscal 2011. The Audit Committee schedules its meetings to ensure it has sufficient time to devote appropriate attention to all of its tasks. The Audit Committee meetings include regular executive sessions with our independent registered public accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche LLP ("D&T"), our internal auditors and management. The Audit Committee also discusses with our internal auditors and D&T the overall scope and plans for their respective audits.


Recommendation Regarding Financial Statements

The Audit Committee, on behalf of the Board, reviewed and discussed with both management and D&T our annual audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended February 26, 2011, and our quarterly operating results for each quarter in such fiscal year, along with the related significant accounting and disclosure issues. These reviews included discussions with D&T of matters required to be discussed pursuant to Statement on Auditing Standards No. 114, The Auditor's Communication With Those Charged With Governance, and discussions with management about the quality, not just the acceptability, of the accounting principles, the reasonableness of significant judgments and the clarity of the disclosures in the consolidated financial statements.

In reliance on the reviews and discussions referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board, and the Board approved, that our annual audited consolidated financial statements be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 26, 2011, as filed with the SEC.


Auditor Independence and Pre-Approval Policy

The Audit Committee reviewed and discussed with D&T its independence from us and our management. As part of that review, the Audit Committee received from D&T the written disclosures and the letter required by applicable rules of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding independent accountants' communications with audit committees concerning independence. In addition, the Audit Committee reviewed all services provided by and the amount of fees paid to D&T in fiscal 2011. In reliance on the reviews and discussions with management and D&T, the Audit Committee believes that the services provided by D&T were compatible with, and did not impair, its independence.

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responsibility, it is the policy of the Audit Committee to pre-approve all permissible services provided by our independent registered public accounting firm except for minor audit-related engagements which in the aggregate do not exceed 5% of the fees we pay to our independent registered public accounting firm during a fiscal year.

Each year, prior to engaging our independent registered public accounting firm, management submits to the Audit Committee for approval a list of services expected to be provided during that fiscal year within each of the three categories of services described below, as well as related estimated fees, which are generally based on time and materials.

1.
Audit services include audit work performed on the financial statements, as well as work that generally only the independent registered public accounting firm can reasonably be expected to provide, including comfort letters and discussions surrounding the proper application of financial accounting and/or reporting standards.

2.
Audit-Related services include assurance and related services that are traditionally performed by the independent registered public accounting firm, including due diligence related to mergers and acquisitions, statutory audits, employee benefit plan audits and special procedures required to meet certain regulatory requirements.

3.
Tax services include compliance and other non-advisory services performed by the independent registered public accounting firm when it is most efficient and effective to use such firm as the tax service provider.

As appropriate, the Audit Committee then pre-approves the services and the related estimated fees. The Audit Committee requires our independent registered public accounting firm and management to report actual fees versus the estimate periodically throughout the year by category of service. During the year, circumstances may arise when it becomes necessary to engage our independent registered public accounting firm for additional services not contemplated in the initial annual proposal. In those instances, the Audit Committee pre-approves the additional services and related fees before engaging our independent registered public accounting firm to provide the additional services.

    AUDIT COMMITTEE

      Hatim A. Tyabji (Chair)
      George L. Mikan III
      Matthew H. Paull
      Gérard R. Vittecoq

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ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 2 — RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF OUR INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

THIS SECTION SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE "AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT" ON PAGES 63-64.

The Audit Committee appointed Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending March 3, 2012. We will ask shareholders to ratify the appointment of D&T as our independent registered public accounting firm at the Meeting. Representatives of D&T are expected to be present at the Meeting. They will have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions.


Principal Accountant Services and Fees

For the fiscal years ended February 26, 2011, and February 27, 2010, D&T served as our independent registered public accounting firm. The following table presents the aggregate fees incurred for services rendered by D&T during fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, respectively. The fees listed below were pre-approved by our Audit Committee pursuant to the Audit Committee's pre-approval policy described on pages 63-64:

Service Type
  Fiscal 2011
  Fiscal 2010
 
   

Audit Fees(1)

  $ 3,490,000   $ 3,702,000  

Audit-Related Fees(2)

    2,960,000     3,272,000  

Tax Fees(3)

    395,000     298,000  

All Other Fees

         
           

Total Fees

  $ 6,845,000   $ 7,272,000  
           

(1)
Consists of fees for professional services rendered in connection with the audits of our consolidated financial statements and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting for the fiscal years ended February 26, 2011, and February 27, 2010; the reviews of the consolidated financial statements included in each of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q during those fiscal years; consultations on accounting matters; and SEC registration statements.

(2)
Consists primarily of fees for statutory audit filings, as well as the audits of our retirement savings plans and foundations. Includes fees of $1,712,000 and $1,662,000 incurred for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, respectively, for statutory audits of Best Buy Europe, in which we have a 50% controlling interest.

(3)
Consists primarily of tax compliance services based on time and materials.

It is our policy that our independent registered public accounting firm be engaged to provide primarily audit and audit-related services. However, pursuant to the policy, in certain circumstances and using stringent standards in its evaluation, the Audit Committee may authorize our independent registered public accounting firm to provide tax services when it determines that D&T is the most efficient and effective tax service provider.


Board Voting Recommendation

The Board recommends that shareholders vote FOR the proposal to ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending March 3, 2012.

If the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP were not to be ratified by the shareholders, the Audit Committee would not be required to appoint another independent registered public accounting firm, but would give consideration to an unfavorable vote.

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ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 3 — APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO AND RESTATEMENT OF OUR AMENDED AND RESTATED BY-LAWS

We are proposing an amendment to and restatement of our Amended and Restated By-laws. The proposed amendment to Section 1 of Article III of our by-laws would remove the maximum for the number of directors serving on the Board and expressly authorize the Board to determine the number of directors serving from time to time, but no less than annually. If the amendment is approved by the shareholders, each class of directors will consist, as nearly as possible, of one-half of the total number of directors.

The complete text of the Amended and Restated By-laws as they are proposed to be amended ("Amended By-laws") is included in Appendix B-1 to this proxy statement. This summary does not contain all of the information that may be important to you, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Amended By-laws. You are urged to read the Amended By-laws in their entirety.


Information about the Amendment to our By-laws

The Board has concluded that it is in the best interests of Best Buy and its shareholders to authorize the Board to determine the number of directors serving from time to time, consistent with its practice throughout the Company's history. The Board increased the authorized number of directors over the past five years to accommodate the transition of the CEO and incoming and departing directors; however it was not the intention of the Board to maintain the increase going forward. The Board will continue to evaluate its structure to align with our company's needs and shareholder interests, and providing the Board with the authority to change the number of directors as needed enables the Board to ensure this alignment is efficiently and effectively maintained.


Board Voting Recommendation

The Board approved the amendment to and restatement of our Amended and Restated By-Laws as described above, and recommends that shareholders vote FOR the amendment and restatement.

The affirmative vote of at least a majority of the voting power of the shares present, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote (excluding broker non-votes) is required to approve the amendment to and restatement of our Amended and Restated By-laws.

IT IS INTENDED THAT, UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED, THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY THE PROXY WILL BE VOTED "FOR" THE PROPOSAL TO AMEND AND RESTATE ARTICLE III OF THE AMENDED AND RESTATED BY-LAWS.

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ITEM OF BUSINESS NO. 4 — APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE BEST BUY CO., INC. 2004 OMNIBUS STOCK AND INCENTIVE PLAN, AS AMENDED

Information about the Plan

What is the Omnibus Plan?

The Best Buy Co., Inc. 2004 Omnibus Stock and Incentive Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors and approved by our shareholders in June 2004. Amendments to the plan were adopted by the Board of Directors and approved by our shareholders in 2007 and 2009 (as amended in 2009, the plan is referred to in this proxy statement as the "Omnibus Plan"). The Omnibus Plan is the means by which we provide long-term incentives to a broad range of our employees.

The Omnibus Plan permits the granting of stock options (including both incentive and non-qualified stock options); stock appreciation rights ("SARs"); restricted stock and restricted stock units; performance awards of cash, stock or property; dividend equivalents; and other stock grants. Eligible recipients under the Omnibus Plan include any employee, officer, consultant, advisor or director providing services to us or to any of our affiliates, who is selected by the Compensation Committee.

The Omnibus Plan is our only plan that provides for the issuance of shares of our common stock upon completion of future awards of equity based compensation. Currently, the aggregate number of shares of our common stock that may be issued under all stock-based awards made under the Omnibus Plan is 51.5 million (representing the original 16 million authorized in 2004; the 3-for-2 stock split on August 3, 2005, which increased the initial authorized amount to 24 million; the additional 14 million authorized by shareholders in 2007; and the additional 13.5 million authorized by shareholders in 2009). The maximum number of shares of common stock that may be awarded under the Omnibus Plan pursuant to grants of restricted stock, restricted stock units, dividend equivalents and other stock awards is 21 million. Our non-employee directors, as a group, may not be granted awards in the aggregate of more than 5% percent of the shares of common stock available for awards under the Omnibus Plan. As context to our annual rate of equity-based awards, it is important to note that we completed an accelerated share repurchase in fiscal 2008 to acquire $3.0 billion in shares of common stock, thereby increasing the rate of grant and overhang.

As of February 26, 2011, approximately 3.4 million shares of our common stock remained available under the Omnibus Plan for awards in the aggregate, all of which were available for grants of restricted stock, restricted stock units and other stock awards; and 2.0 million shares of common stock remained available for awards to non-employee directors. From the adoption of the Omnibus Plan through the end of fiscal 2011, we have made equity-based awards at an annual rate of 1.3% to 1.7% of our outstanding common stock, excluding two large grants made under the Omnibus Plan in August 2008. The first of these grants was a performance-based restricted stock unit incentive (2.4 million shares) with aggressive performance targets for 20 instrumental leaders. The second was a non-routine equity-based grant (6.8 million shares) for an additional 3,700 employees concurrent with the grant to the top leaders. Combined, these grants were beyond our historical norms, and those of the retail industry, for equity-based compensation.

What is the purpose of the Omnibus Plan?

The purpose of the Omnibus Plan is to promote the interests of Best Buy and our shareholders by aiding us in motivating, attracting and retaining employees, officers, consultants, advisors and directors who we expect will contribute to our growth and financial performance. The Board believes that the combination of short-term and

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long-term incentive compensation is essential in attracting, retaining and motivating individuals to enhance the likelihood of our future success. The 2011 amendments to the Omnibus Plan will allow the types and specific terms of future awards to be based on our then-current objectives for aligning compensation with shareholder value. Shareholder approval of the amendments to the Omnibus Plan will allow us to continue to award short-term and long-term incentives that achieve these goals.

What is Best Buy's long-term incentive compensation philosophy?

We believe the contributions provided by each employee, both individually and as part of a team, are key to our long-term success. Over our history, we have faced a series of challenges. The outcomes of these challenges have contributed to our growth and to our view of the role of long-term incentive compensation as a vehicle to help us overcome the challenges and to share in the success of our growth. In a company such as ours, where the growth trajectory can be uneven, innovation is the key ingredient of our ability to achieve our vision and mission. Historically, innovation has originated from many sources within our company — many of which are not top-level management. Innovative employees are not always the most highly compensated, but they typically feel a personal stake in making Best Buy a success. As we focus increasing attention on individual customer needs and aspirations, our conviction has grown that we excel in meeting the unique needs of our customers whenever we unleash the potential of all of our employees.

We use equity-based long-term incentives as one tool in inspiring our people, encouraging innovation and unleashing the individual talents of our employees. These incentives are in alignment with our Total Rewards Philosophy, which balances our strategy with cost and with what employees value. We believe that equity-based compensation can be highly effective in building an employee's personal stake in our success. Therefore, we have designed several programs, such as our Retirement Savings Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Chairman's Award Program and the Brad Anderson Legacy Stock Award Program which awards deserving employees that otherwise wouldn't be eligible for a long-term incentive award, to include equity-based components that continually reinforce the connections among our employees, customers and shareholders. Using equity-based compensation for a portion of total compensation aligns the dreams and aspirations of our employees and their families with our shareholders' interests.

In general, we have provided long-term incentives to a broader range of employees than most other large corporations have done. For example, our store managers receive long-term incentives to create a long-term ownership stake in our success. Including store managers in our long-term incentive program helps us ensure that they will act as owners and share in our long-term success as owners. In fact, including grants made during fiscal 2011, over 95% of the recipients of our long-term incentives were non-officers.

While we reward a broad base of employees, we also believe that equity-based compensation is a key component in well-designed executive compensation. Part of our long-term compensation philosophy is designed to ensure that those who perform strategic policy-making functions, and have greater responsibilities and accountability for the organization's financial success, have an ownership interest in the organization. Furthermore, when recruiting executive talent from external sources, we believe the leverage provided by equity-based compensation is an integral part of aligning the new executives' interests with the interests of our shareholders.

Why is Best Buy requesting additional shares under the Omnibus Plan now?

We are requesting a 13 million share increase in the number of shares of common stock available under the Omnibus Plan. This request is being made two years after our last request for an increase in shares subject to the Omnibus Plan. Without a replenishment of shares this fiscal year we will not have the flexibility during fiscal 2012 to maintain our long-term incentive program at current levels and make other discretionary equity awards. We believe performance-

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based restricted stock grants designed to motivate our leaders to achieve specific business goals and other new hire, retention or recognition awards are critical to our ability to recruit and retain key individuals.

According to our estimates, if we make only our regular long-term incentive and director grants for fiscal 2012 and the beginning of fiscal 2013, we will be nearly out of shares before our 2012 Regular Meeting of Shareholders. Proceeding in this manner would jeopardize our ability to make additional performance-based equity awards and other discretionary grants, and potentially the ability to allow eligible employees to choose between stock options and restricted stock per the design of our long-term incentive program.

We believe that our equity-based incentive programs and our emphasis on employee stock ownership have been integral to our success in the past and are crucial to our ability to recruit, retain and motivate participants to achieve our corporate performance goals in fiscal 2012 and in the years that follow. Therefore, we believe that the proposed amendments to the Omnibus Plan are critical to our long-term performance and shareholder returns.

How is Best Buy proposing to amend the Omnibus Plan?

On April 7, 2011, the Board adopted amendments to the Omnibus Plan, subject to the approval of our shareholders, to:

    Increase the maximum number of shares of our common stock that are authorized for issuance under the Omnibus Plan (as Incentive Stock Options or otherwise) from 51.5 million to 64.5 million, and

    Proportionately increase the maximum number of shares of our common stock that may be awarded under the Omnibus Plan pursuant to grants of restricted stock, restricted stock units and other stock awards from 21 million to 26.3 million.

The Omnibus Plan also contains two clarifications, which are not subject to the approval of our shareholders, to:

    Clarify that the Board shall not use its discretion to trigger a Change in Control, and

    Clarify that dividend equivalents will not be permitted on appreciation awards (e.g. SARs and stock options), and will not be paid out on unearned performance awards.

Has the Board adopted the amendments to the Omnibus Plan?

Yes. The Board adopted the proposed amendments to the Omnibus Plan on April 7, 2011, although the amendments to increase the maximum number of shares of common stock and proportionally increase the number of shares of our common stock that may be awarded pursuant to grants of restricted stock, restricted stock units and other stock awards are subject to the approval of our shareholders. We are now asking you to approve these amendments to the Omnibus Plan. These amendments to the Omnibus Plan will become effective upon the approval of our shareholders. In the remainder of this section of the proxy statement, the Omnibus Plan, as amended by these proposed amendments, is referred to as the "amended Omnibus Plan."

What are the key features of the amended Omnibus Plan?

The material terms of the amended Omnibus Plan are summarized below. The amended Omnibus Plan has been designed to meet the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code regarding the deductibility of executive compensation and to minimize the risk of premature income taxes and related penalties on participating employees under Section 409A of the Code.

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The following summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the amended Omnibus Plan in Appendix C-1 included with this proxy statement. A copy of the amended Omnibus Plan may also be obtained from us free of charge upon written request and is also available on our Web site at www.bby.com — select the "Investor Relations" link and then the "Corporate Governance" link.

Who is eligible to receive awards under the amended Omnibus Plan?

Eligible recipients under the amended Omnibus Plan include any employee, officer, consultant, advisor or director providing services to us or to any of our affiliates, who is selected by the Compensation Committee of the Board. As of February 26, 2011, approximately 100,000 employees were eligible to participate in the amended Omnibus Plan.

What is the term of the amended Omnibus Plan?

Unless discontinued or terminated by the Board, the amended Omnibus Plan will expire on June 23, 2014. No awards may be made after that date. However, unless otherwise expressly provided in an applicable award agreement, any award granted under the amended Omnibus Plan, and before expiration of the plan, may extend beyond the end of such period through the award's normal expiration date.

How is the amended Omnibus Plan administered?

The Compensation Committee will administer the amended Omnibus Plan and will have full power and authority to determine when and to whom awards will be granted, and the type, amount, form of payment and other terms and conditions of each award, consistent with the provisions of the amended Omnibus Plan. In addition, the Compensation Committee can specify whether, and under what circumstances, awards to be received under the amended Omnibus Plan may be deferred automatically or at the election of either the holder of the award or the Compensation Committee, if any such deferral complies with or is exempt from Section 409A of the Code. Subject to the provisions of the amended Omnibus Plan, the Compensation Committee may amend or waive the terms and conditions, or accelerate the exercisability, of an outstanding award. The Compensation Committee has authority to interpret the amended Omnibus Plan and to establish rules and regulations for the administration of the amended Omnibus Plan. In addition, the Board may exercise the powers of the Compensation Committee at any time, except with respect to the grant of awards to our executive officers.

How many shares will be available for issuance under the amended Omnibus Plan?

The aggregate number of shares of our common stock that may be issued under all equity-based awards made under the amended Omnibus Plan will be 64.5 million. Certain awards under the amended Omnibus Plan will be subject to further limitations as follows:

    The maximum number of shares of common stock that may be awarded under the amended Omnibus Plan pursuant to grants of restricted stock, restricted stock units, dividend equivalents and other stock awards will be 26.3 million.

    The maximum number of shares of common stock that may be awarded under the amended Omnibus Plan pursuant to grants of incentive stock options that are subject to the provisions of Section 422 or 424 of the Code will be 64.5 million.

    In any calendar year, no person may be granted under the amended Omnibus Plan any stock options, SARs or other awards, the value of which is based solely on an increase in the value of our common stock after the date of grant of the award, that exceed 1.5 million shares of common stock in the aggregate.

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    In any calendar year, the maximum aggregate amount payable under performance awards to any employee who is covered by Section 162(m) of the Code will be $5 million in value under the amended Omnibus Plan, whether paid in cash, shares or other property, with that dollar amount to increase after 2009 by 5% per year.

    Our non-employee directors, as a group, may not be granted awards in the aggregate of more than 5% percent of the shares of common stock available for awards under the amended Omnibus Plan.

    No non-employee director may be granted an award under the amended Omnibus Plan unless all non-employee directors receive an award with the same terms and conditions, except where the award is compensation for service on a committee of the Board and all members of that committee receive an award with the same terms and conditions, or the award is made in connection with the director's initial appointment to the Board. Only the Compensation Committee (or another committee of the Board comprised of independent directors) may grant awards to directors who are not also employees of Best Buy or an affiliate.

The Compensation Committee may adjust the number of shares of common stock and share limits described above in the case of a stock dividend or other distribution, including a stock split, merger or other similar corporate transaction or event, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the benefits or potential benefits intended to be provided under the amended Omnibus Plan.

If any shares of our common stock subject to any award or to which an award relates are forfeited or are reacquired by us, or if any award terminates without the delivery of any shares, the shares previously set aside for such awards will be available for future awards under the amended Omnibus Plan.

What types of awards can be issued under the amended Omnibus Plan?

The amended Omnibus Plan permits the granting of:

    Stock options (including both incentive and non-qualified stock options),

    SARs,

    Restricted stock and restricted stock units,

    Performance awards of cash, stock or property,

    Dividend equivalents, and

    Other stock grants.

Under the amended Omnibus Plan, awards may be granted alone, in addition to, in combination with or in substitution for, any other award granted under the amended Omnibus Plan or any of our other compensation plans. Awards can be granted for no cash consideration or for cash or other consideration as determined by the Compensation Committee or as required by applicable law. Awards may provide that upon the grant or exercise thereof, the holder will receive cash, shares of our common stock or other securities, or property, or any combination of these in a single payment, in installments or on a deferred basis. The exercise price per share of common stock under any stock option and the grant price of any SAR may not be less than the fair market value of a share of common stock on the date of grant of such option or SAR, except to satisfy legal requirements of foreign jurisdictions or if the award is in substitution for an award previously granted by an entity acquired by us. Determinations of fair market value under the amended Omnibus Plan will be made in accordance with methods and procedures established by the Compensation Committee and intended to comply with or be exempt from Section 409A of the Code. The term of awards will not be longer than ten years from the date of grant.

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Stock Options.    The holder of an option will be entitled to purchase a number of shares of our common stock at a specified exercise price during a specified time period, all as determined by the Compensation Committee. The option exercise price may be payable either in cash or, at the discretion of the Compensation Committee, in other securities or other property having a fair market value on the exercise date equal to the exercise price. Those securities may include shares of common stock already held by the person exercising the option or, in the case of non-qualified option, shares to be received upon exercise of the option.

Stock Appreciation Rights.    The holder of a SAR is entitled to receive the excess of the fair market value (calculated as of the exercise date or, at the Compensation Committee's discretion, as of any time during a specified period before or after the exercise date) of a specified number of shares of our common stock over the grant price of the SAR. SARs vest and become exercisable in accordance with a vesting schedule established by the Compensation Committee.

Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units.    The holder of restricted stock will own shares of our common stock subject to restrictions imposed by the Compensation Committee (including, for example, restrictions on the right to transfer or vote the restricted shares or to receive any dividends with respect to the shares) for a specified time period determined by the Compensation Committee. The holder of restricted stock units will have the right, subject to any restrictions imposed by the Compensation Committee, to receive shares of our common stock, or a cash payment equal to the fair market value of those shares, at some future date determined by the Compensation Committee. The minimum vesting period for these awards is over a period of at least three years from the date of grant, unless the award is conditioned on personal performance, or our performance or that of our affiliates, in which case the award must vest over a period of at least one year from the date of grant. The Compensation Committee also may permit accelerated vesting in the case of a participant's death, disability or retirement, or a change in control of Best Buy. If the participant's employment or service terminates during the vesting period for any other reason, the restricted stock and restricted stock units will be forfeited, unless the Compensation Committee determines that it would be in our best interest to waive the remaining restrictions.

Performance Awards.    Performance awards granted under the amended Omnibus Plan are intended to qualify as "performance-based compensation" within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code, and to comply with or be exempt from Section 409A of the Code. Performance awards give participants the right to receive payments in cash, stock or property based solely upon the achievement of certain performance goals during a specified performance period. The Compensation Committee must designate all participants for each performance period, and establish performance goals and target awards for each participant no later than 90 days after the beginning of each performance period (or if earlier, within the first 25% of the performance period) and within the parameters of Section 162(m) of the Code. Performance goals must be based solely on one or more of the following business criteria:

    Revenue;

    Cash flow;

    Gross profit;

    Earnings before interest and taxes;

    Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization;

    Net earnings;

    Earnings per share;

    Margins, including gross profit, operating and net income margins;

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    Returns, including return on assets, equity, investment, capital and revenue and total shareholder return;

    Stock price;

    Economic value added;

    Working capital;

    Market share;

    Cost reductions;

    Workforce satisfaction and diversity goals;

    Employee retention;

    Customer satisfaction;

    Completion of key projects; and

    Strategic plan development and implementation.

The measure of performance may be set by reference to an absolute standard or a comparison to specified companies or groups of companies, or other external measures, and may be applied at individual and/or organizational levels. In any calendar year, the maximum aggregate amount payable to any employee covered by Section 162(m) of the Code pursuant to awards made under the amended Omnibus Plan is $5 million, whether paid in cash, shares or other property, with that dollar amount to increase after 2009 by 5% per year.

Dividend Equivalents.    The holder of a dividend equivalent award will be entitled to receive payments (in cash, shares of our common stock, other securities or other property) equivalent to the amount of cash dividends paid by us to our shareholders, with respect to the number of shares of common stock determined by the Compensation Committee. Dividend equivalents will be subject to other terms and conditions as determined by the Compensation Committee. Dividend equivalents are not permitted on appreciation awards (e.g. SARs and stock options), and will not be paid out on unearned performance awards.

Other Stock Awards.    The Compensation Committee may grant unrestricted shares of our common stock, subject to terms and conditions determined by the Compensation Committee and the amended Omnibus Plan limitations.

May awards be transferred?

Unless otherwise provided by the amended Omnibus Plan, no award (other than shares of unrestricted stock) granted under the amended Omnibus Plan, and no right under any such award, will be transferable by a participant without consideration except by will or by the laws of descent and distribution.

May awards be re-priced?

Without the approval of our shareholders, no option or SAR may be amended to reduce its initial exercise or grant price, and no option or SAR may be canceled and replaced with an option, SAR or other award having a lower exercise price, except in connection with a stock dividend or other distribution, including a stock split, merger or other similar corporate transaction or event, in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the benefits, or potential benefits intended to be provided under the amended Omnibus Plan.

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May the amended Omnibus Plan be amended further?

Yes. The Board may amend, alter, suspend, discontinue or terminate the amended Omnibus Plan at any time, except that prior shareholder approval will be required for any amendment to the amended Omnibus Plan that:

    Requires shareholder approval under the rules or regulations of the NYSE or any other securities exchange that are applicable to us;

    Increases the number of shares of common stock authorized under the amended Omnibus Plan (except in the case of a stock split or other recapitalization);

    Increases the number of shares of common stock subject to the award limitations described above under "How Many Shares Are Available for Issuance under the Amended Omnibus Plan?" (except in the case of a stock split or other recapitalization);

    Permits re-pricing of outstanding stock options or SARs (except in the case of a stock split or other recapitalization);

    Permits the award of stock options or SARs with an exercise price less than 100% of the fair market value of a share of our common stock on the date of grant (except to satisfy legal requirements of foreign jurisdictions or if the award is in substitution for an award previously granted by an entity acquired by us);

    Expands the classes or categories of persons eligible to receive awards under the amended Omnibus Plan; or

    Would cause the performance-based compensation exception under Section 162(m) of the Code to become unavailable with respect to awards under the amended Omnibus Plan.

Subject to the provisions of the amended Omnibus Plan or an award agreement, the Compensation Committee may not amend any outstanding award agreement without the participant's consent, if the action would adversely affect the participant's rights.

What are the federal income tax consequences of awards under the amended Omnibus Plan?

Grant of Options and SARs.    The grant of a stock option or SAR is not expected to result in any taxable income for the recipient.

Exercise of Options and SARs.    When the holder of a non-qualified stock option exercises the option, the holder must recognize ordinary income equal to the excess of the fair market value of the shares of our common stock acquired on the date of exercise over the exercise price, and we will generally be entitled at that time to an income tax deduction for the same amount. The holder of an incentive stock option generally will have no taxable income upon exercising the option (except that an alternative minimum tax liability may arise), and we will not be entitled to an income tax deduction. Upon exercising a SAR, the amount of any cash received and the fair market value on the exercise date of any shares of our common stock received are taxable to the recipient as ordinary income and generally deductible by us.

Disposition of Shares Acquired Upon Exercise of Options and SARs.    The tax consequence upon a person's disposition of shares of common stock acquired through the exercise of an option or SAR will depend on how long the shares have been held, and whether the shares were acquired by exercising an incentive stock option or by exercising a non-qualified stock option or SAR. Generally, there will be no tax consequence to us in connection with a person's disposition of shares of common stock acquired under an option or SAR, except that we may be entitled to an income

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tax deduction in the case of the disposition of shares acquired under an incentive stock option before the applicable incentive stock option holding periods set forth in the Code have been satisfied.

Awards Other Than Options and SARs.    As to other awards granted under the Omnibus Plan that are payable either in cash or shares of our common stock that are either transferable or not subject to substantial risk of forfeiture, the holder of the award must recognize ordinary income equal to (a) the amount of cash received or, as applicable; (b) the excess of (i) the fair market value of the shares received (determined as of the date of receipt) over (ii) the amount (if any) paid for the shares by the holder of the award. We will generally be entitled at that time to an income tax deduction for the same amount.

As to an award that is payable in shares of our common stock that are restricted from transfer and subject to substantial risk of forfeiture unless a special election is made by the holder of the award under the Code, the holder must recognize ordinary income equal to the excess of (i) the fair market value of the shares received (determined as of the first time the shares become transferable or not subject to substantial risk of forfeiture, whichever occurs earlier) over (ii) the amount (if any) paid for the shares by the holder of the award. We will generally be entitled at that time to an income tax deduction for the same amount.

Our Income Tax Deduction.    Subject to the usual rules concerning reasonable compensation, and assuming that, as expected, performance awards paid under the amended Omnibus Plan are "qualified performance-based compensation" within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code, we will generally be entitled to a corresponding income tax deduction at the time a participant recognizes ordinary income from awards made under the amended Omnibus Plan. However, we will not receive any income tax deduction when a participant recognizes capital gain income upon disposition of shares of common stock received pursuant to an incentive stock option or any other form of award.

Delivery of Shares for Tax Obligation.    Under the amended Omnibus Plan, the Compensation Committee may permit participants receiving or exercising awards, subject to the discretion of the Compensation Committee and upon such terms and conditions as it may impose, to deliver to us shares of common stock (either shares received upon the receipt or exercise of the award, or shares previously owned by the holder of the option) to satisfy federal and state income tax obligations.

Section 409A of the Code.    The Compensation Committee will administer and interpret the amended Omnibus Plan and all award agreements in a manner intended to satisfy the requirements of Section 409A of the Code, so as to minimize the risk of any adverse tax results thereunder to a holder of an award. If any provision of the amended Omnibus Plan or any award agreement would result in such adverse consequences, the Compensation Committee may amend that provision or take other reasonably necessary action to minimize the participants' risk of any adverse tax results; no such action shall be deemed to impair or otherwise adversely affect the rights of an holder of an award under the amended Omnibus Plan.

What future awards will be granted under the amended Omnibus Plan?

The number and types of awards that will be granted in the future under the amended Omnibus Plan are not determinable, as the Compensation Committee will make these determinations in its sole discretion. The closing price of a share of our common stock as reported on the NYSE on May 18, 2011, was $32.22. No awards granted under the Omnibus Plan before the date of the Meeting have been made subject to shareholder approval of the amended Omnibus Plan.

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Equity Compensation Plan Information

The following table provides information about our common stock that may be issued under our equity compensation plans as of February 26, 2011:

Plan Category
  Securities to Be Issued
Upon Exercise of
Outstanding Options

  Weighted
Average
Exercise Price

  (1)
  Securities
Available
for Future
Issuance

  (2)
 

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders(3)

    40,131,027 (4) $ 38.97         6,942,317    

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders(5)

    11,250     34.44