Highest Paid CEOs 2012No surprise about who topped the list of 2012′s highest paid CEOs at the media companies whose compensation practices I track most closely. (See here for an explanation). CBS’ Les Moonves returns to the head of the pack with $62.2M, even though his package was 11.1% smaller than it was in 2011. That was an anomaly: The top 20 collectively made $542.7M, up from $416.6M in 2011, according to company proxy statements filed at the SEC. It took $25.9M to crack the Top 10 — last year Time Warner Cable’s Glenn Britt made it with $16.4M. The most notable change in this year’s list vs 2011 is the jump by Liberty Media’s Greg Maffei to No. 2 from No. 28 as his company adjusted stock options just in case the feds change the corporate deduction this year for performance-based compensation.

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Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer also joins the top 10 following her move there from Google. Her appearance also highlights a quirk in this year’s list which has more CEOs than companies: Yahoo had three CEOs last year (Mayer is still there) and there were two apiece at Sirius XM (James Meyer replaced Mel Karmazin) and Cinemark (Tim Warner is now in charge). Also, remember that this list just includes corporate CEOs, not division chiefs or board chairs. I’ll be back soon with a list of the highest-paid media execs. The numbers on the right are the amount in millions of dollars for the total compensation as reported by each company.

SALLY JO
1 year
You are insane.
Susie
1 year
No executive is worth this kind of money. This is absurd and lets not forget their stock...
JorgeW Sientate
2 years
Nice to see this diversity...I can only say, " I feel sorry for the white-men who rule...

Here’s our list of 2012′s highest-paid media CEOs:

 COMPANY CEO Compensation 
 1  CBS  Les Moonves  $62.2
 2  Liberty Media  Greg Maffai  $57.2
 3  Discovery Communications  David Zaslav  $49.9
 4  Disney  Bob Iger  $40.2
 5  Yahoo  Marissa Mayer  $36.6
 6  Viacom  Philippe Dauman  $33.5
 7  News Corp  Rupert Murdoch  $30.0
 8  Comcast  Brian Roberts  $29.1
 9  Live Nation  Michael Rapino  $28.5
 10  Time Warner  Jeff Bewkes  $25.9
 11  Yahoo  Scott Thompson  $24.3
 12  DirecTV  Michael White  $18.0
 13  Time Warner Cable  Glenn Britt  $17.4
 14  Cablevision  James Dolan  $16.9
 15  Scripps Networks  Kenneth Lowe  $14.2
 16  Nielsen  David Calhoun  $13.9
 17  Yahoo  Ross Levinsohn  $13.4
 18  Starz  Chris Albrecht  $12.9
 19  AOL  Tim Armstrong  $12.1
 20  SiriusXM  Mel Karmazin  $11.0
 21  AMC Networks  Joshua Sapan  $8.9
 22  Lionsgate  Jon Feltheimer  $6.4
 23  Netflix  Reed Hastings  $5.5
 24  Gannett  Gracia Martore  $5.5
 25  Charter Communications  Tom Rutledge  $5.3
 26  DreamWorks Animation  Jeffrey Katzenberg  $5.2
 27  Regal Entertainment  Amy Miles  $4.5
 28  Cinemark  Tim Warner  $4.0
 29  IMAX  Richard Gelfond  $3.6
 30  Coinstar  Paul Davis  $3.5
 31  Sirius XM  James Meyer  $3.3
 32  New York Times  Mark Thompson  $3.3
 33  Facebook  Mark Zuckerberg  $2.0
 34  Cinemark  Alan Stock  $1.6
 35  Dish Network  Joseph Clayton  $0.9