These are the best-paid chief executives of public companies in the US

Catherine Neilan
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Chief executives at media and tech giants are coining it in, accounting for eight out of the top 10 best-paid bosses at US companies.
An annual study of the best-paid chief executives at publicly-listed firms with a market cap of $1bn (£650m) or more put Discovery Communications boss David Zaslav top of the list for 2014, having received $156.1m.
According to Equilar, this makes him the highest paid chief executive since Tim Cook received $376m in 2011.
Michael Fries of Liberty Global and Mario Gabelli of Gamco Investors sit second and third on the list with $111.9m and $88.5m respectively.
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella was next, picking up $84.3m, while GoPro founder Nicholas Woodman pocketed $77.4m.

Who got the big bucks in 2014? Top Five.. 

1. David M Zaslav, Discovery Communications: $156m 

2. Michael T Fries, Liberty Global: $111.9m

3. Mario J. Gabelli, Gamco Investors: $88.5m

4. Satya Nadella, Microsoft: $84.3m

5. Nicholas Woodman, GoPro: $77.4m

Who got the big bucks in 2014?


Numbers six to 10


6. Gregory B Maffei, Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive: $73.8m

7. Lawrence J Ellison, Oracle: $67.3m

8. Steven M Mollenkopf, Qualcomm: $60.7m

9. David T Hamamoto, NorthStar Realty Finance: $60.3m

10. Leslie Moonves, CBS: $54.4m

At 14th on the list Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer was the highest paid woman, taking home $42.1m.
Earnings reached a nine-year peak in 2014, with median pay for the top 200 CEOs climbing 21 per cent to $17.6m

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