The chairman and CEO of DirectTV (ticker: DTV), Mike White, was compensated some $5,940,000 for 2011, according to SEC filings made in February of this year.
While that is a lot of money (almost 6 tons, if taken in singles), it's far less than he earned in 2010 when he joined the company.
In 2010 he was awarded $14,690,000 in stock, and another $12,500,000 in options!
In 2011 his base salary increased slightly from $1,450,000 to $1,520,000, and he also gets $69,422 for his own personal use of the company airplane.
Although there's been some recent chatter regarding Apple's (ticker: AAPL) rumored TV offering causing traditional cable and satellite companies losses in the future, in early June White told Home Media magazine that he doesn't see it hurting their business, saying that he couldn’t imagine Apple being able to “smash” the cost structure and rights fees currently afforded cable and satellite industries.