Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav
hauled in almost $130 million in 2018, per a Friday SEC
filing, more than tripling his 2017 executive compensation.
That huge all-in number was mostly thanks to an enormous increase in Zaslav’s options award. In 2018, that category alone surpassed $100 million.
Zaslav’s annual salary remained unchanged at *just* $3 million per year. His stock awards, which tallied $14.8 million, were down slightly from 2017. Those options we mentioned skyrocketed from $15.6 million in 2017 to $102.1 million in 2018. Finally, Zaslav’s non-equity incentive plan compensation rose a bit last year to $9 million.
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To add a little perspective, Discovery, Inc.’s next highest-paid executive was Chief Development Officer Bruce L. Campbell, who made $12.3 million in 2018.
Zaslav’s huge number comes about as the result of a new contract, one that goes through 2023. For Zaslav to ever actually