Compensation Kings: Top 15 U.S. CEOs

By Jordan Robertson and Bloomberg Rankings - 2013-07-11T23:22:29Z

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10. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications

Total compensation: $49.9 million

High-wire performer Nik Wallenda isn't the only one walking tall. David Zaslav's compensation package included $25.3 million in restricted stock and $15.8 million in options. 

Zaslav's company, which owns the Discovery Channel, recently drew about 13 million viewers to its telecast of Wallenda becoming the first person to cross the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.

Shares of the Silver Spring, Maryland-based company are up 33 percent this year, giving Discovery a market capitalization of $30.2 billion.

Separately, Zaslav also has one of the biggest severance packages, valued at $224.7 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.