Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Compensation Falls to $44.9 Million

Disney CEO Bob Iger's Pay Drops
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Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger took a slight pay cut in 2015, with his total compensation package falling 3.4% to $44.9 million, according to public filings.

The media and entertainment chief earned $46.5 million in salary, bonuses and stock awards a year earlier. That represented a big boost from Iger’s 2013 package of $34.3 million.

It was a year that saw Disney climb box office heights with the return of the “Star Wars” franchise, but one that also saw its shares take a hit amidst investor concerns about the long-term future of ESPN. There are worries that cable subscriber defections could negatively impact the sports channel’s financial model. For the most part, investors profited from their investment in the company behind Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. Disney’s stock rose by 18% during the fiscal year.

Iger’s compensation includes $2.5 million in salary, $22.3 million in incentives, $8.9 million in stock and $8.4 million in options.

In terms of Disney’s leadership, COO Thomas Staggs, who assumed his post in February, earned $20 million in total compensation. That includes just under $2 million in salary, $8.6 million in incentives, $4.6 million in stock and $3.4 million in options.

CFO Christine McCarthy, who was appointed in June, received $7.1 million in total compensation. That included $869,712 in salary, $4.3 million in incentives, just over $1 million in stock and $652,018 in options. Former CFO Jay Rasulo, who stepped down last winter after being passed over in favor of Staggs, received $15.1 million in compensation.

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  1. Mime Shaunessey says:

    So Sorry Bob, It’s still 2500 times what you pay the people that “Make the Magic”.

  2. Noncentz says:

    So, with weekends off and assuming he works about 12 hours a day, he’s only making $14,335/hr. Maybe if I ask nicely, I can get my $12 back from seeing Tomorrowland?

  3. UnaClamcake says:

    How will he feed his family??

  4. loco73 says:

    Hold the press!!!! Oh no, the tragedy, the inhumanity…you mean to tell me that his salary will fall below $50 million!!! That is an outrage…we need a Congressional committee for this…calumny! But hey, did you check out your neighbourhood McDonalds dumpster to see how many families are eating out of it?! Now that is funny!

    Ahhhh, the holidays…especially christmas, the period of time you try hard not to think about all those icky, smelly people you walk over and ignore on a daily basis, but instead you get to commiserate with Bob Iger and his sub-50$ million pay outrage.

    Good times!

  5. John says:

    Wow, such a pity he’s only getting $44 million.

  6. Occultology says:

    That’s what you get for killing the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.

  7. fredw says:

    Didn’t the Russians have a revolution over stuff like this?

  8. ayu_dyah says:

    About ESPN declining subscriber, one of the reason is because ESPN had acknowledged and given Bruce Jenner with “Courage Awards” (WTF??) earlier this year. Since then, more people are stopping to subcribe ESPN.

    That’s the effect for supporting opportunist manipulative liar like Bruce Jenner, ESPN. I had stopped subscribing ESPN since that Bruce Jenner ridiculous courage award.

  9. Rudy Mario says:

    Biggest tragedy to happen in c-suite corporate USA. Very sad. Now has to alter his lifestyle. Very sad.

  10. Jason says:

    Poor guy. With this salary he’s no longer the 1% he’s the 1.25%

    • Rudy Mario says:

      We Americans are responsible for this “poor” man’s plight. We are cutting cable cords just because he and his fellow CEOS are raising cable rates every other month. We the people are not taking more loans to buy more Disney merchandise. Shame on us for his plight.

  11. Frank says:

    How will he ever get by with this pay cut. And, more importantly, why is this even news?

  12. BobC. says:

    Oh no, poor guy. Let’s take up a collection for him.

  13. Margo says:

    Awww boy…the struggles must be so real SIGHS

  14. MatisyahuSerious says:

    chin up bob – you’ll get through this.

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