3. Stephen B. Burke, $31.3 million
Stephen B. Burke,  $31.3 million
Comcast Executive Vice President Stephen Burke
Title: Formerly COO; now Executive VP, Comcast and CEO, NBCUniversal
Company: Comcast (CMSCA)
CEO: Brian L. Roberts, $28.2 million
Pay difference: $3.1 million

Burke took over as head of NBCUniversal in January 2011, overseeing the company's theme parks, TV stations and film production.

Prior to that, he was the firm's COO and president of Comcast Cable, having signed a new contract in December of 2009. With that agreement came a cash bonus of $3 million for 2010, pushing his compensation total past that of Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. --J.O.

Source: Equilar, Inc.

Methodology: Total compensation is calculated as the sum of base salary, discretionary and performance-based cash bonuses, the grant-date fair value for stock and option awards during the fiscal year, and other compensation like earnings on deferred compensation, benefits and perks. Equilar, an executive compensation research firm, looked at CEOs at 1,000 of the largest public U.S. companies as measured by revenue. Pay data based on companies' fiscal year end of Dec. 2010 unless otherwise noted. Cash compensation and stock and options increases may not add up exactly to total compensation increases due to rounding.
By Stacy Cowley and James O'Toole @CNNMoney - Last updated January 06 2012: 5:23 PM ET
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