Media Execs are Really, Really Rich

By Chris O'Shea Comment

According to the Associated Press and Equilar’s annual Top 50 Highest Paid CEOs list, it pays to be in media. In fact, it pays a lot. We’re talking Scrooge McDuck swimming in a pool of gold coins compensation. Out of the 50 people who made the cut, media executives occupy six of the top 10 slots.

Here’s the top 10, with the media honchos highlighted:

1) Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries, $68.2 million

2) Leslie Moonves, CBS, $65.6 million

3) Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, $55.3 million

4) Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor, $39 million

5) Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million

6) Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, $36.3 million

7) Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million

8) David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million

9) Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million

10) Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million