5 least-valuable CEOs (and 6 MVPs)

Here's a simple standard for a CEO's worth: What is he paid compared with what his company is worth to shareholders? Here are the most- and least-valuable CEOs.

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Nov 27, 2012 12:34AM
None of these guys are worth their salaries and there is nothing anyone can say that will convince me otherwise.   They would be worth their salaries if they gave just enough of a damn to start creating jobs that actually pay a living wage.   The economic events of the last 10 years have made me hate these bastards, its not all the governements fault. These jerks need to come down to earth and see how the rest of us live.  Yes I am a bitter SOB but I am like most of the working population that is trying to make it or find work after our jobs went to 12 year old chinese girls.  We are tired damn tired!!
Nov 27, 2012 10:46AM

The higher I rose in my old company the more I got to see these CEO types.  In my younger naive days I was taught to repect them because they must be smarter than the rest of us.  When I got to sit in the room with them my opinion changed.  While the entrepreneurs who start companies tend to have vision and passion for the company, those that follow are political users who manipulate their way to the top and eliminate all of their possible rivals.  Picture the Tv show "Survivor" in an office setting.  Once in the club they load the board with other cronies that are also in the club and set up crazy compensation packages and golden parachutes. I wouldn't trust them to run a lemonade stand on their own. 


The two that I worked most closely with reminded me of playground bullies.  It's amazing how patterns established in childhood can hold true for life.  Compared to most people they were arrogant, aggressive, childish, and totally self centered.  They tend to do well in environments where they can push other people around.  On their own, they are worthless. 

Nov 26, 2012 8:35PM

I know of know so called "professional managers" who suck their way into becoming CEO"S that are successful. All have only talked BS and did the so called cut cost scenario to achieve short term solutions. None have or know how to grow their business. It is a rotten shame of what has happened to our companies with these losers. Of course "Wall Street" has helped put these losers in the position of CEO's because they can control these monkey's a lot easier than trying to control a person like a Steve Jobs.


Bottom line, the only real good CEO's are the ones that created and started their own companies all the rest have been and are today a bunch of "suck ---" idiots.

Nov 26, 2012 8:05PM

The guy that starts the company is worth the bucks (ie Stephen Jobs).  The guys that come after are the idiot sons of business.  They leach off of the ideas of others, get to the top, and burn the ladder.    

Nov 27, 2012 3:09AM
And, a fair number of them should probably be in jail.
Nov 27, 2012 3:06AM
Did any of you out there make over a $million in a year?  Do you have more than a $million now?  How much do you think ANY of these guys (and one or two gals) are worth?  Executive pay is absurdly high, ridiculously high, and taxed way too low.  It is a shame and a disgrace that these people are paid so much.  I don't care how many hours they work, or how little their vacation time.  Most of them are ignoring their families if they are putting in the hours they claim.  The largest companies should be broken up.  Teddy Roosevelt was right.
Nov 27, 2012 12:05PM

When they screw up, as they usually do, they get a golden parachute.The common man

would have to work centuries to make the money they make in one year.

Nov 27, 2012 9:21AM

'Valuable CEO'   Isn't that one of those oxygen-morons?

Like.....military intelligence?

Nov 26, 2012 8:34PM
This list is a bit misleading since most of the people who took small salaries have large equity stakes so can afford to be parsimonious when it comes to their salary. Most CEOs know they have a short life span and want to maximize their salary during that time period. Show me a hired gun who is taking a small salary and then you have a real differentiation.
Nov 27, 2012 11:39AM

Most of these stuffed shirts are experts at one thing: brown-nosing.

Nov 27, 2012 1:13PM
Market Cap  to pay ratio?   That's the dumbest thing I have ever heard of.  I like Coach's idea.  It looks like the bald one's do better so let's just skip the math and look at their pictures.  Or maybe we could go by height?
Nov 27, 2012 12:06PM
Looks to me like the bald guys make better CEOs.  Maybe they could run a study on that too. That's probably as accurate as stock price as an indicator.
Nov 27, 2012 4:40PM

Very poor comparision like others have mentioned.  But the best one in my eyes is the Costco guy, he's probably underpaid but I'm sure his stock is worth a fortune.

Nov 27, 2012 3:06PM

Management is its own union.  They get a pension for the rest of their lives.  They get benefits for their whole life.  But they make the workers and public believe that unions are bad and they drive their costs up.  $11.9 million didnt drive prices up any but $10 an hour over $8 certainly makes a huge deal.


We need more unions in this country and fight against this excessive exec pay that is out of control.  Get the people that deserve the money the pay they should get.  The workers.  Not the managers that do nothing and run companies into the ground. 

Nov 27, 2012 5:18PM
Try Antonio Perez of KODAK, or perhaps you're saving that for the "Criminally Incompetent CEO's" article.  He and his management team took an iconic American corporation and drove it into the ground.  Yes, the market was changing and their core product was under assault, but isn't that what you pay these heads-of-hair for?  They navigated that company right on to the rocks.
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