Oracle’s Ellison Highest-Paid Chief as CEO Pay Gains, NYT Says

Oracle Corp. (ORCL)’s Larry Ellison remained the highest-paid chief executive officer in the U.S. last year in an updated New York Times list, as total compensation for CEO’s rose 16 percent, the newspaper said.

Ellison received $96.2 million, which includes salary, perks and bonuses ($3.9 million) and stock options valued at $90.7 million, the newspaper said. In a story originally published in the newspaper in April, the median compensation increase was 3 percent. The Times expanded its list today to include 200 chief executives, up from 100 in the April study, in which Ellison also ranked first.

The median compensation for U.S. CEOs rose to $15.1 million, the newspaper said, citing the updated survey by executive compensation tracker Equilar.

Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI)’s Robert Kotick was second with $64.9 million, followed by CBS Corp. (CBS)’s Leslie Moonves at $60.3 million, the newspaper said. Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA)’s David Zaslav was fourth with $49.9 million and James Crowe of Level 3 Communications Inc. (LVLT) was fifth with $40.7 million, the Times said.

Sixth through 10th, respectively, were Richard Bracken, HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), $38.6 million; Robert Iger, Walt Disney Co., $37.1 million; Paul Ricci, Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN), $37.1 million; Marissa Mayer, Yahoo Inc., $36.6 million; and Mark Parker, Nike Inc. (NKE), $35.2 million.

Equilar’s new study for the newspaper covered executives at public companies with annual revenue of at least $1 billion, the Times said.

Equilar analyzed base salaries, cash bonuses, perks, stock awards and stock options for the newspaper.

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