#3: Robert Iger, Disney
Total Compensation: $37.1 million
2012 Performance: +30%
When it comes to Disney (NYSE:DIS), the pay sure is outsized … but so are the gains. Robert Iger took home one giant salary, but also boasts being one of the top performers on this list and doubling the broader market.
Plus, his pay increase was relatively spread out across all categories: a $500,000 bump in base salary, $1 million bump in bonuses, nearly $200,000 more spent on perks, and $4 million more awarded via stocks and options. No crazy vacations or bonuses here. Or … well, nothing more crazy than usual.
And if you thought the media giant would run out of steam after its impressive run-up last year, think again. Already in 2013, shares have improved 15%.