5 of top 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2012 hail from television and entertainment industry

It pays to be in TV.

On the list of 10-best paid CEOs of 2012 — the exclusive club inside an already-exclusive club — half are in the entertainment and media industry, according to executive pay research firm Equilar.

The median pay for all CEOs in 2012 was $9.7 million.

Top 10 of 2012:

1.Leslie Moonves, CBS, $60.3 million, down 12 per cent

2.David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $49.9 million, down 5 per cent

3.Bob Iger, Disney, $37.1 million, up 18 per cent

4.Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $33.4 million, down 22 per cent

5.John Donahoe, eBay, $29.7 million, up 81 per cent

6.Brian Roberts, Comcast, $29.1 million, up 8 per cent

7.Howard Schultz, Starbucks, $28.9 million, up 80 per cent

8.Ken Chenault, American Express, $28 million, up 25 per cent

9.Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil, $27.2 million, up 8 per cent

10.Kent Thiry, DaVita HealthCare, $26.8 million, up 53 per cent