Last year was a great one for dividend stock investors. Overall, the 30 components of the Dow paid out a cumulative $124 billion in dividends in 2013.  And the top three dividend payers alone, ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), AT&T (NYSE:T), and GE (NYSE:GE), sent a total of $28 billion to their shareholders over the course of the year.

In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos puts those huge payouts in perspective, and notes that investors can expect even higher dividends, particularly from these three giants, in the year ahead.

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