The Top 10 Highest-Paid CEOs Led by CBS' Leslie Moonves

PHOTO: President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation, Leslie Moonves attends the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2013 WHCA Dinner at the residence of the French Ambassador on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Leslie Moonves, who was paid $60 million, is the highest-paid CEO of S&P 500 companies with chief executives who have served at least two full years.

Equilar, an executive compensation data firm, released its annual data with the Associated Press, putting Moonves at the top of the list for fiscal year 2012, despite having a pay drop from the $68 million he was paid the previous year.

Last year, David Simon, chairman and CEO of Simon Property Group, was at the top with $137 million after he received a large stock award accumulated over several years.

As part of Equilar's methodology, the company looked at proxies of companies that were filed Jan. 1 to April 30 of this year. Larry Ellison of Oracle is not on Equilar's list because the tech company files its proxy statement in September. He is paid about $96 million, which would place him at the top of the list.

Aaron Boyd, Equilar's director of governance research, said the 10 highest-paid CEOs are well-known names.

"It's hard to say there are surprises when you look at the highest-paid list, as the economy continues to improve and stock market is still growing," he said.

Notably, leaders of four media companies make the top 10 list. Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, parent of ABC News, is number three in the list.

Here's a list of the 10 highest-paid CEOS for fiscal year 2012, according to Equilar.

2012 Total compensation: $60,253,647

PHOTO: President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation, Leslie Moonves attends the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2013 WHCA Dinner at the residence of the French Ambassador on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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1.
Leslie Moonves, president and CEO, CBS

Base salary: $3.5 million. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $68,422,211

2012 Total compensation: $49,932,867

PHOTO: David Zaslav, President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Communications, attends Allen & Company's Sun Valley Conference on July 12, 2012 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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2.
David M. Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery Communications

Base salary: $3 million. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $52,404,119

2012 Total compensation: $37,103,208

PHOTO: Robert Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney, is pictured in this undated file photo.
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3.
Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, Walt Disney

Base salary: $2.5 million. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $31,363,013

2012 Total compensation: $33,396,104

PHOTO: Viacom President & CEO Philippe Dauman rings the NASDAQ Stock Market opening bell in honor of Viacommunity Day at the NASDAQ MarketSite on April 22, 2013 in New York City.
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4.
Philippe P. Dauman, president and CEO, Viacom

Base salary: $3.5 million. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $43,077,942

2012 Total compensation: $29,705,081

PHOTO: John J. Donahoe, president and chief executive officer of EBay Inc., sits for a photograph at the company's headquarters in San Jose, California, U.S., on March 6, 2012.
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5.
John J. Donahoe, president and CEO, eBay

Base salary: $970,353. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $16,456,528

2012 Total compensation: $29,124,014

PHOTO: Ambassador for Humanity Honoree Brian L. Roberts speaks during the Ambassadors for Humanity gala honoring Brian L. Roberts to benefit the USC Shoah Foundation Institute on May 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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6.
Brian L. Roberts, chairman, president and CEO, Comcast

Base salary: $2.8 million. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $26,934,077

2012 Total compensation: $28,909,773

PHOTO: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz attends a press conference during the Starbucks Mexico 10th anniversary  and the opening of the new Starbucks store Bosque De Chapultepec store at Av. Paseo De La Reforma on October 15, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico.
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7.
Howard Schultz, chairman, president and CEO, Starbucks

Base salary: $1.5 million. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $16,079,480

2012 Total compensation: $28,012,789

PHOTO: Kenneth "Ken" Chenault, chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Co., speaks during an Economic Club of Washington luncheon in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 15, 2013.
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8.
Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO, American Express

Base salary: $2 million. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $22,490,401

2012 Total compensation: $27,229,300

PHOTO: Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., speaks at a press conference following the company's annual shareholder meeting in Dallas, Texas, U.S., in this May 26, 2010 file photo.
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9.
Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil

Base salary: $2.6 million. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $25,165,105

2012 Total compensation: $26,799,121

PHOTO: Davita CEO Kent Thiry spoke to the Denver Post on February 10, 2011.
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10.
Kent J. Thiry, co-chairman and CEO, DaVita HealthCare Partners

Base salary: $1.05 million. Fiscal year 2011 total compensation: $17,541,645

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