smithaa02 - 9:46 pm on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Cutts had an interesting video on site-wide links that kind of ties into your question:
He made an interesting reference to combining links and how it compared to keyword density in that each subsequent keyword was valued less and less to the total (asymptotically diminishing returns as he put it). That he would compare kw density to links might suggest a similar principal is at work.
Getting back to your original question I don't have an exact answer as to which link would get counted the most (if they aren't combined) but suspect google would value the link most likely to be clicked by a real user (top of the page...outside the boiler-plate IMO would be considered better than say a footer boiler-plate link).