What do Colin Powell, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev and Alan Greenspan have in common, Wall Street-wise?
They're limited partners in a venture capital fund managed by former Defense Policy Board Chairman Richard Perle.
Like Roy Disney, they were all forced off the board of Walt Disney (DIS) - Get Report as their 72nd birthdays approached.
The defense team of former Tyco (TYC) CEO Dennis Kozlowski has revealed it will call them as character witnesses at Kozlowski's fraud trial.
They all received the Enron Prize for Distinguished Public Service.
New York Stock Exchange
this fall released a pile of documents related to the pay of then-Chairman Dick Grasso, one document contained a NYSE consultant's analysis of Grasso's offer to cap his age 60 lump-sum pension benefit at $122 million. According to the consultant, how large was the median comparable lump-sum benefit enjoyed by a group of Grasso's peers in the financial services industry?
According to testimony at Kozlowski's trial, what was the annual salary of Mariola Tarnachowicz, the maid who went on Tyco's payroll to clean Kozlowski's New York apartment?
Based on the figures in a lawsuit filed by nine illegal immigrants in November, how much would each have been paid on an annualized basis -- assuming a 40-hour workweek -- to clean
stores in the middle of the night?
When Mary Murphy left Tyco after about four years of working closely with Dennis Kozlowski -- and after a few months of sleeping with him -- the $90,000-a-year executive secretary received a retirement package that Kozlowski allowed was "a very generous agreement." Which of the following items was
part of Murphy's golden parachute, according to press reports?
Four more years of salary and benefits.
Forgiveness of a $299,000 mortgage on her home.
Full title to her Tyco-issued Chevy Blazer SUV.
A cash bonus of at least $62,000.
Who wrote this about whom?
"I sat next to her, and halfway through the meeting, she turned to me and kindly offered to 'marry me off.'"
Former Merrill Lynch Internet analyst Henry Blodget, about Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) founder Martha Stewart.
Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report CEO Jeff Bezos, about eBay (EBAY) - Get Report CEO Meg Whitman.
Oracle (ORCL) - Get Report CEO Larry Ellison, about Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) - Get Report CEO Carly Fiorina.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, about longtime Wall Street broker Muriel Seibert.
Which of the following is
from a memo that Invesco chief compliance officer sent to Invesco's chief executive in January 2003, months before the mutual fund market-timing scandal broke?
"The Dynamics fund has experienced significant shareholder inflows and outflows that appear to be caused by market-timing activity. ... This type of activity is not in the best interests of the other fund shareholders."
"Invesco is becoming known as a timer-friendly complex."
"High volumes of market-timing activity increases sic the risk that portfolio managers will make errors, as is evidenced by recent compliance violations."
"Market-timers can and do interfere with a portfolio manager's decision-making process."
A two-part question: Among the following companies -- all of which slid into bankruptcy in 2003 -- which was the first to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection? Which was the last?
Air Canada, the airline.
FAO, the toy retailer.
General Media, publisher of Penthouse Magazine.
Key3Media Group, operator of the once-mighty Comdex trade show.
Spiegel, the catalog retailer.
X10, the ubiquitous online advertiser of wireless spycams.
Who owns the American Stock Exchange, anyway? At least, as of Dec. 5?
The National Association of Securities Dealers.
The Philadelphia Stock Exchange.
GTCR Golder Rauner, a Chicago investment firm.
This year, several former
executives either pleaded guilty to or were found guilty of charges stemming from accounting fraud at the drugstore chain. As the prosecution of the $1.6 billion fraud progressed, a lot of Rite Aid's outside-the-box employee compensation policies came to light. Which one of these pay-related incidents was
alleged by prosecutors to have occurred?
After ex-CEO Martin Grass was forced out in 1999, he signed at least eight backdated letters to other executives promising generous severance terms.
Rite Aid secretly gave a company co-owned by Grass $2.6 million to buy an 83-acre tract.
CFO Franklyn Bergonzi told the company's comptroller he'd have to "get dirty" by cooking the books, but offered him a $20,000 raise in return.
To compensate his secretary for typing documents crucial to the conspiracy, chief counsel Franklin Brown bought a finger-painting by her child for $25,000 -- ostensibly acquiring it for Rite Aid's corporate art collection.
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