The 10 highest-paid CEOs for 2008 at Standard & Poor’s 500 companies, based on calculations by The Associated Press adding up salary, perks, bonuses, preferential interest rates on pay set aside for later and company estimates for the value of stock options and stock awards on the day they were granted last year, show that the Walt Disney Co’s CEO Bob Iger placed 3rd with $51.1 million. And let not forget his “Golden Coffin”. So Disney is continuing its ignoble history of overpaying the top exec begun with Iger’s predecessor Michael Eisner. Get a clue, Big Media.

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