6 CEOs who won the options lottery

Here's the easy way to buy low and sell high. When the market tanked in early 2009, some CEOs got bonus options at bargain-basement prices. Now, they're sitting on piles of gains.

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Mar 6, 2012 7:07AM
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IN AMERICA, WE HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE MAN ON TOP MAKING THE MOST AND THE ENTRY LEVEL JOB MAKING THE LEAST.  IT IS THE SPREAD BETWEEN THE TWO THAT HAS BANKRUPTED THE MIDDLE CLASS! Sending jobs overseas for cheaper labor to be profitable is a bunch of bull****! NO ONE SINGLE MAN IS WORTH THAT KIND OF MONEY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE WORKING CLASS WHO SHOW UP TO WORK TO PRODUCE THE  PRODUCT! BRING THE JOBS BACK TO AMERICA, NARROW THE SPREAD, AND IF A CEO IS NOT HAPPY WITH ABOUT 5 MILLION A YEAR--TELL HIM WHAT MANY AMERICANS ARE TOLD AT THEIR JOBS "IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, THERE ARE MANY MORE IN LINE WILLING TO ACCEPT YOUR JOB AT THE 5 MILLION"!
Mar 6, 2012 8:06AM
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It good to have insider trading...Only CEO and Congress can do that and get away with it
Mar 6, 2012 1:30PM
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That's so wonderful for them.  That means they get to make $70,000 or so an hour this year instead of a paltry $50,000 an hour.  I hope they continue to raise the prices us consumers must pay so these guys can get up there to $100,000 an hour.  That's truly a nice sum to make while conducting a business meeting out on the golf course.  I just don't think $8 for a cup of coffee is enough, they could easily sell one for $15.  Everyone needs a new car that you must pay a monthly fee to use the radio, I mean everyone wants to hear some music from Bangladesh every now and then, right?  It's kind of funny, the companies do this for the CEO who make large profits, but at a cost to their shareholders.  The people who say all these wealthy people actually have worked hard for what they have are kind of blinded by a failing system.  If you're born into the elite and an insider - you can slide through life stepping on the heads of the peons below you.
Mar 6, 2012 5:07AM
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Under a flat tax system he would pay $30,000,000 in taxes, but I would guess he will pay next to nothing with all the tax shelters he has to chose from. 
 BRING ON THE FLAT TAX!
Mar 6, 2012 8:22AM
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Please notice that MSNBC and most of the mass media is not talking about the economic slow recovery or that the unemployment (real CBO numbers)numbers have not advanced much and of course gas prices.  These are the important issues being mostly ignored by the liberal slanted news outlets.
Feb 29, 2012 6:45AM
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Wow, these CEO's work so hard for this money; market goes no where, they lose nothing; wait for a rebound and they make a killing, for doing what???  Then we the shareholders lose when the stock options dilute the shares.  Our country has lost its values.

Mar 6, 2012 12:44PM
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 Noone hates people for making money.   But when people are becoming homeless at record levels at the same time CEO's are making record pay, something is broken.

 

The USA will only survive if there is a healthy middle class.  CEO to worker pay is so lopsided right now we are becoming a two class soceity.  Kings and peasants.   This will create the "class warfare" you people seem to fear so much.

 

Go back to when the USA was at it's peak.  CEO to worker pay wasn't even in the same universe as the bloated descepancy of 2012.

 

You worship these people as "job creators", but where are the jobs???   How many jobs could a CEO create if he took a salary of 20 million a year instead of 40 million??? 

 

I am truly amazed how you people have been brainwashed by the GOP to believe greedy, slimy, black hearted CEO's are your friends and need protection.  Yet teachers are the DEVIL.  lol  Your content giving oil companies BILLIONS of dollars of OUR money, yet single moms on welfare are killing the USA.  lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 6, 2012 11:00AM
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It's a shame that we have double the percentage of Americans at the lowest poverty level in the last five years, it's a shame that all the labor was transferred to China, India, and worst that all the revenue generated by these mega companies are kept overseas so these CEO's can show profitability and get richer an richer and pay zero taxes (i.e., General Electric which is building a factory in China to manufacture the engines for our hydroelectric plants). Greed is killing America, we should stop this mentality and invest in America again; bring back jobs to Americans, and Government please create a line of credit for small business at a long term (5 years), low interest and without asking collaterals that we the entrepreneurs do not have specially when we are trying to start all over again.
Mar 6, 2012 12:22PM
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Is there anyone you can vote for who can keep these crooks from stealing everyone's money?  With all our national debt, millions out of work, they have to keep up a certain "pay level?"  I know it's hard because they make the laws and control everything like any other dictatorship, but isn't there anyone who can stand up to them?
Mar 6, 2012 9:10AM
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Unforntunately, that is the way it is in today's economy, CEO's and board members only care about their self's and what they can gain from the company, especially their payouts, known facts for sure. And keep outsourcing jobs that is also killing our economy, do not blame the unions, they are willing to sacrifice to keep those jobs, but salary people have no choice, hello and goodbye for them. And with so called educated, the decisions made today by these CEO's are unbelievable, especially the biggest monopoly in our economy, the oil companies and what they get away with, another fact for sure.

Mar 6, 2012 10:59AM
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I find them disgusting because they all find how to lay off the little guy. Then they get patted on the back about how they saved the company all this money. Here's your bonus.
Mar 6, 2012 8:15AM
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"Greed" led to the down-fall of the Roman Empire.  Looks like "Corrupt Corporate Crony Capitalism" has completely "run amok" and we are headed down that same path of doom. Soon,  the masses will rise up and re-balance the playing field.   
Mar 6, 2012 9:01AM
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I know how to get back at these corporations. You dont buy their products!!! Oh ma gods!!!
Mar 6, 2012 1:14PM
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Funny. The left-leaning MSN reporter didn't mention the millions that the CEO's of Mae and Mac are receiving while still asking us for $10B more in bailout money.

Is it because those CEO's are long-time cronies with the DNC or just a coincidence?

Mar 6, 2012 7:19PM
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Here's a name you may not know, but Chris Kerney is the scumbag CEO of the SPX Corporation in Charlotte, NC. Three years ago, 1/2 of the people in the company where I worked were laid off in a single day. They were all hard working folks, many of whom were living from one paycheck to the next. The week after the layoff, Kerney recieved a 6 million dollar bonus! Crooks like that should be tared & feathered!
Mar 6, 2012 5:52PM
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Guess what was the source of their riches! Us dummies

Mar 6, 2012 4:16AM
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I think posting such trash is disgusting.  All you are doing is adding fuel to a fire that is burning within this country.  How dare you show just for their face time, the amount of money they get when the middle class american is paying their taxes because they are not.  The everyday person is working their asses off for these jackasses who want their faces in the media, better think twice because people are at their limit, not with money, but with intent on what they need to do to stop these crooks and also to do what is necessary to get ahead for themselves and their families.  People are sick and tired and you put yourselves up in their faces, better beware, stress is at it's peak today and when people cannot even keep their homes for their families and you post these turds making multi-millions is aggravating an already burning rage within our society and you will not win in the end, history does repeat itself.
Mar 6, 2012 7:57PM
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The time for the upper class to take advantage of the lower is running very thin. With the birth of the digital age and social media people are becoming more able to recognize the wrongs against their people. CEO's and Politicians alike would be much smarter if they toned down their raping of the people in order to delay their demise. With people able to communicate their disgust so much better its only a matter of time before the people mobilize. The patriot act does not protect us from terrorism if you read it only protects the politicians from us. The time for voting to change our destiny has passed. Renegades change the course of history, everyday people like you and me. Because we are a nation that cares for one and other ,unless they take that away too, we will one day regain our liberty.The people who run the machine are too powerful and influencial for any one good man elected to office to survive as a righteous man or woman. Big buisiness and Democrats and Republicans in office all are in the same bed and the greatest bipartisan accomplishment the politicians have made is continuing to somehow convince the  people there is a difference between the two. we need to TAKE the power back! Lets make our forefathers proud. Remember 3 words "WE THE PEOPLE".
Mar 6, 2012 11:53AM
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Isnt that a shame, a few making millions and the ones who work for them to help them make their money, what? US$ 7.5 and hour.
Mar 6, 2012 5:50PM
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Ed Moe - Why would the rich, or anybody else want to pay more in taxes??  The last time this country was in the black was during Andrew Jackson's Presidency (1829-1837).  The government has proved for the last 175 years that they can't or won't be fiscally responsible.  Why in the world would we give them MORE money?

 

If you had a teenager that went crazy with your Visa and maxed it out, would you hand them your Mastercard?

 

I do agree with you though - I am also FED UP

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