Bizarre habits of 9 obsessive CEOs

Eccentricity is not necessarily a disqualifying factor in the climb to the corner office. Check out some industry standouts and their fixations.

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Dec 14, 2012 5:29PM
So Marissa Mayer sped up product design, approves new hires, holds weekly status meetings, bakes a mean cupcake, and beat analysts' expectations with a 66% increase in earnings in the third quarter? I can only hope to one day be as "bizarre" as Marissa.
Dec 14, 2012 5:21PM
Or, what rich people do with their money instead of seeking help for their various psychological disorders.
I have this condition too----which makes you really hard on yourself.  As for others watch out!  I think most creative and intelligent people have foibles of some kind---it is nice if a zany sense of humor accompanies this, so everyone can relax and laugh at the pure ridiculousness of it all.
Dec 14, 2012 4:39PM

Great!  Now millions of children will be browbeaten by their parents into acting just like these nuts.  Try to understand, bizarre behavior is a symptom of genius, it doesn't create it.

Genius always exacts a price.

Dec 14, 2012 4:33PM

I find it a little dismaying to find so many insisting marijuana is harmless.  No it isn't.  Neither is alcohol, neither are cigarettes, nor are a LOT of legal things on the market.  Marijuana IS capable of causing damage to a body.  If we could just stop THAT part of the idiocy that would help.  I'm okay with someone going to a bar to drink, even to get drunk, so long as I don't have to be subjected to the drunkenness or the drink.  This leads me to problem number 2:


I am ALLERGIC to marijuana.  You smoke it,  you blow it my way, I can't breathe.  so it HAS to be limited in the ways that cigarettes are limited.  (which I'm also allergic to.)  Nor should it be allowed in contiguous apartments, as neighbors smoking in their apartment put it into MY ventilation system.  They didn't pay for my trip to the emergency room. 

You may legalize it all you want, but it's STILL going to cost someone a job if their hair sample or urine sample comes up with it in the drug tests for job hires.  Even if they DIDN'T smoke it.  All it takes is to be in the same room.  Not to mention DHS messes if the KIDS test positive for it due to secondhand smoke.  Buy hey, so long as it's legal, and hey, it's 100% safe, no harm whatsoever in getting high.  No way it can impair driving, right? 

Marijuana smokers, just frigging SAY you want to smoke it (or eat in brownies or cookies or whatever), but don't push the B.S. about it being completely harmless.  WRONG. STupid does NOT get anyone points in the argument. 

Dec 14, 2012 4:23PM
Martha Stewart, the Queen of tightasses around the world. She squeaks when she walks.
Dec 14, 2012 3:37PM
Dec 14, 2012 3:33PM

I find Marth Stewart to be completely objectionable. She has made millions of women feel inferior because they don't comply with her "ideal". Not every woman is going to make everything from scratch, raise goats to make their own cheese, or whatever standard she is trying to portray. Her prison sentence was a joke and I will not buy anything that has the Marth Stewart name on it!


Dec 14, 2012 2:57PM
Is Martha Stewart still practicing insider trading? I am sure she is better at it after having gone to criminal college, er  I mean prison.
Dec 9, 2012 10:52PM
Has anybody actually looked at the Disney cartoon "Elmer Elephant"? A giraffe says to Elmer "...take a look at them birds over there" and indicates frame right. Elmer looks frame right.  The pelicans are facing frame left and are clearly reacting to Elmer and the giraffe. If Berny Wolf couldn't figure out what was wrong with facing the birds the other way then he was an idiot. If that's the best example of Disney being OCD then the whole premise is absurd.
Dec 9, 2012 3:33AM
This is a not-very-impressive Gossip Column; not worthy of the wasted time spent in perusing it!
Dec 9, 2012 1:00AM
Forgot to mention Walt Disney's "little idiosyncrasy" of being an ardent supporter of Nazi Germany and a raging anti-Semite. 
And Trump? Top  As+hole, hands down.
Donald Chump Outstanding in His own Field of  Manure . 
And lots of plastic surgery?  May be rich but that doesn't make it right.  Money makes the world go round and round.
Dec 9, 2012 12:14AM
First of all, Nicola Tesla was a lot taller than 6' 2", try 6'6". Secondly, Michael jackson could not get through high school algebra, let alone be compared to a Genius like Nikola Tesla. A drug addicted punk from a very neurotic family, versus a true scientific and engineering wizard like Tesla?....Somebody needs to pay attention to their understanding of real human talent, like the kind that can bring us a real civilization, not just some stupid music and white gloves.
Dec 9, 2012 12:12AM

1) A tenth candidate to this list of eccentric CEOs would be Henry Ford. I discovered Henry Ist during my childhood and viewed him as a sort of hero. Indeed, he had several virtues, but he also harbored several vices.

HIs virtues included a true desire to build vehicles, and sometimes airplanes, that would serve well his customer base, farmers and people of average means. He made the Ford car to be the poor man's vehicular friend. His designs were geared toward simplicity, ruggedness, usefulness, and serviceability. For this he was criticized as a stuck-in-the-mud fogey who resisted "progress." However, today's convoluted contraptions with transmissions that can't go 80K miles without a $2,500+ rebuild make Henry's simple cars look pretty good. Subordinates described his quirky proceedings for product development and testing, especially with the brilliantly conceived but early-on bug-infested single casting flathead V-8.

His vices included his falling for the premises of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which led to his anti-Semitism, and his Jekyll-to-Hyde transformation in his dealings with his labor force. In the early days of Ford Motor Company Henry voluntarily paid his workers what was then a breathtakingly lofty wage. But later, Harry Bennett, Ford's head thug over employee enforcement, had a crowd of workers massacred in Michigan in 1927. 

2) Exactness and perfectionism must be appropriate to the nature and importance of the fields in which they are being applied. The elaboration of precision necessary for brain surgery, rocket science, pharmaceutical safety, or strategic military operations is ridiculously inappropriate when applied to delivery of junk mail, spreading dirt and mulch in landscaping, or any of our culture's fluffier enterprises. Obsessive micro-mismanagement harms organizational morale, which often sends the enterprise into a death spiral.  Example: the US Postal Service.

Dec 9, 2012 12:00AM

Trump's furry marmot, the one who lives on his forehead, has more germs than a cesspool.

Trump's hand sanitizer?

Why bother washing the hands when the head is rotting away?,

What about changing the diaper on the marmot, Donald?


Whatever happened to his wife?

Who is keeping her busy, now that the Donald can't push her buttons?

Dec 8, 2012 11:45PM
this says a lot about who we celebrate as role models in our this normal?
Dec 8, 2012 11:19PM
One look at Michael Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch and new he was a creep and must have had an intuition to that, as I have never purchased anything with that logo or from his stores and always thought they were extremely uncomfortable to be in.  Moreover, I do not care what they paid me, would never work for a creepy egomaniac like that.
Dec 8, 2012 11:04PM
OK, I get it.  Not only are rich people bad they are crazy too!  Is that right?  Do I get an A on your test?  Am I now officially, a sheeple? 
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