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Top Whistleblowers of 2016

In 2016, some whistleblowers stepped in when many others chose to do nothing.

In 2016, Gretchen Carlson, former anchor at 21st Century Fox (FOXA) unit Fox News, charged her former boss, Roger Ailes, with sexual harassment, setting off a chain reaction of other women who decided to go public with similar allegations. He resigned on July 21. She settled with Fox for $20 million.

The ghostwriter for Donald J. Trump's 1987 best-seller The Art of the Deal decided he'd had enough, and went on the record with TheNew Yorker about his interactions with the now president-elect. "I put lipstick on a pig," author Tony Schwartz told the magazine, referring to the book. He said he felt "a deep sense of remorse" that he helped make Trump look more appealing than he deserved.

Former Deutsche Bank (DB) risk officer Eric Ben-Artzi blew the whistle after the bank understated the financial risk of a portfolio of derivatives during the financial crisis. His assistance helped the Securities and Exchange Commission seal a $55 million settlement with Deutsche in 2015. In August, Ben-Artzi wrote in the Financial Times that he'd just gotten word from the SEC that he would receive $8.25 million. In protest that management got off scot-free, he declined the money.

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