Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s Pay More Than Doubles in 2021 to $32 Million

Former CEO Bob Iger made nearly $46 million in his final year

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 08: Bob Chapek of Disney talks during the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando ahead of the opening of Invictus Games which will open on Sunday. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus)
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Bob Chapek earned $32.5 million in compensation for Disney’s fiscal 2021 year, more than double the $14 million he pulled in during 2020, which was heavily depreciated due to the first year of the pandemic.

The pay results were disclosed in an SEC filing on Wednesday.

Chapek’s pay increase was largely due to an extra $14 million in incentives. That amount was zero in 2020, as Disney was hammered by the pandemic. Chapek also took a pay cut on his base salary in 2020 to $1.8 million; it was $2.5 million in 2021.

Former CEO (and now former employee altogether) Bob Iger brought in nearly $46 million for his final year at Disney. That was also double what he made in 2020. Iger’s pay does not include the stock awards he was set to receive upon leaving the company, since Disney’s fiscal 2021 ended in October.

Iger formally retired at the end of 2021, ending a multi-decade tenure with the powerful media company. He relinquished the CEO title in February of 2020 and had been serving as executive chairman since. Susan Arnold succeeded Iger as chairman of the board.

Two other longtime senior executives, legal counsel Alan Braverman and communications chief Zenia Mucha, followed Iger out the door. Braverman pulled in $16.7 million for his final year, up from the $9 million for 2020. Mucha brought home $7.6 million for her final year with Disney, up from $4.9 million in 2020.

CFO Christine McCarthy, who is not leaving the company, brought home $21.7 million in 2021, more than double her 2020 compensation.

News of the compensation package come as Chapek’s Disney has undergone another reorganization, putting Joe Earley in charge of Hulu and Michael Paull at the top of Disney’s streaming business. Additionally, Rebecca Campbell will lead a newly-created international content team. You can read more about that here.