In 2012, Forbes magazine reported Valery Gergiev's annual income to be 3 million dollars. That's probably more than the whole of the LSO put together. But it's not out of line with the earnings of top US conductors like Michael Tilson Thomas and James Levine. They picked up well over $2 million apiece for far less than busy Gergiev's 200+ events.
How has Putin's favourite conductor managed to pick up so much so quickly? He's not conducting any more concerts than he used to, and his fees surely can't have risen to $80,000 a gig. His reported 15% holding in Russia's largest turkey producer? Gobble, gobble.