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The 10 Best-Paid CEOs of 2012

The perks of being a head honcho just keep on growing

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#5: Philippe Dauman, Viacom

Viacom digital televisionTotal Compensation: $33.4 million
2012 Performance: +15%

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) CEO Philippe Dauman had a tough year in 2012. Year-over-year, his total compensation actually decreased by a grand total of 22%.

As you can tell by his spot in the top five, though, that’s a problem most of us would love to have. Even with that decrease, he still tallied up $33.4 over the course of the year. In fact, his bonus alone was $11.5 million, which itself would have earned him a spot on the top 100 list.

But it’s not like Viacom was slacking in 2012. The company climbed 15%, beating the market, and increased its dividend partway through the year. Plus, VIAB has already gained 17% in just the first few months of 2013, blowing away the S&P 500’s 10% start.

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