(1) The demi-god of I-banking Richard Fuld,CEO Lehman:
Awarded $71.9 million by his board for bringing down Lehman. Interestingly I learnt via Tradermark that in Lehman's board (supposedly in place to rein in rogue jackass CEOs like Fuld, who is best known for launching scathing public attacks on his executives in meetings) 9 are retirees, 4 are over 75, 1 is a navy admiral, 1 is a theatre producer, only 2 on the board ever had any direct contact with the finance industry. The board has a risk assessment commitee that has met atleast twice in both 06 and 07 (via SEC filings) and to them everything was fine.
(2) Merryl Lynch mariachies:
- Current CEO John Thain took up Merryl's reins in Dec 1 of 07, after being offered a 15 million USD signing bonus. Since Mr.Thain's first day in office Merryl's shares have fallen a mere 60% . If he decides to leave after the merger he is guaranteed another 11 million USD.
- Trading Chief at Merryl Thomas Montag who is at Merryl for less than 6 weeks (joined Aug 6th, 2008) is expecting 76 million USD in accelerated compensation of he decides to leave.
- Strategy head Peter Kraus who is at Merryl for less than a week now (yes you heard it right) will get 95 million USD for his hard work over the past week.
In the meantime 8%+ of my portfolio has been shaved off in the past 2 weeks. God bless Corporate America.