CBS Chief Leslie Moonves receives nearly $58 million compensation package in 2010


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CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves once again pulled down one of the richest paychecks in corporate America with a package valued at $57.7 million in 2010.

The 61-year-old broadcasting chief was paid $3.5 million in base salary, a $27.5-million bonus and nearly $23 million in stock and option awards, according to a filing Friday afternoon with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company also contributed nearly $900,000 to his pension fund and $3 million in other compensation.


Last year, Moonves’ compensation package was valued at $43.2 million.

CBS justified nearly 34% increase by saying that Moonves ‘led CBS to results that produced extraordinary growth in shareholder value, and outpaced both the industry and the company’s internal targets,’ according to a company statement released Friday. ‘During the year, the company delivered a 37% total return to shareholders and recorded a 220% increase in net income and 8% growth in revenue, all of which outpaced media peer companies.’

Meanwhile, CBS’ Chairman Sumner Redstone received a package valued at $20.3 million. The 87-year-old Redstone also received $15 million in awards for his role as chairman of sister company Viacom Inc. Between the two companies, Redstone’s total compensation for 2010 was $35 million.

Viacom’s Chief Executive Philippe Dauman received a $84.5 million package for 2010, including a bonus currently valued at $31.65 million.

-- Meg James