Leading the list of the highest-paid CEOs at a media company is Liberty Media Corp.’s Gregory Maffei, "taking home $87.1 million before taxes last year, according to a study by the Wall Street Journal," The Hollywood Reporter reports. [We are referencing the THR report because the WSJ is behind a firewall and may charge you to see its story.]
THR adds, "That was four times [Maffei’s] 2008 compensation package, reports the WSJ, which looked at the CEO salaries of all 456 of the biggest U.S. public companies."
The next highest compensation by a media executive is Yahoo’s Carol Bartz, with a $44.6 million package, THR reports.
Following Bartz, according to the THR story, in the media category, are:
CBS’ Leslie Moonves, with a package of $37.6 million
Viacom’s Philippe Dauman’s package of $33.7 million
Ronald Tutor’s (of the company that’s buying Miramax Films) package of $23.7 million
Comcast’s Brian Roberts’ package of $22.1 million, and
Disney’s Robert Iger’s package of $20.1 million
And those are only the media executives in the top 20 of the 456 public companies in the survey.