CEOs take a lot of heat. They’re in lofty positions with a lot of power, and typically the buck stops with them. They’re ultimately responsible for anything and everything that happens under their watch, and that sometimes means earning incredible amounts of money or resigning in disgrace.
There are CEOs we all admire. You probably can name several off the top of your head. Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffett all come to mind. Their companies largely have a positive public impact.
But there are also villainous executives — the Darth Vaders of the business world. These men and women seem to put their interests in front of everyone else’s, sewing chaos and harming their employees, the environment, or their shareholders. There’s a long list of those individuals, too. Some of them never intended to play the part of the bad guy. Others went in knowing they’d be branded as public enemies, but at least they’d be rich.
Here are 15 of those villainous and monstrous managers, starting with one who’s quickly become one of America’s most hated people: the dreaded “pharma bro” himself.
15. Martin Shkreli: Turing Pharmaceuticals
- Martin Shkreli drew criticism for dramatically increasing the price of a popular AIDS medication.
We’ll kick off with a timely addition. Martin Shkreli was CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and found himself in trouble after jacking up the price of a popular drug for AIDS patients from $13 to $750 per pill. Naturally, everyone was angry at him, and it culminated with his arrest. He was even chided by President Donald Trump of all people, who called him “disgusting” and “a spoiled brat.”
“Leadership is morally bankrupt,” a former Turing employee wrote on Glassdoor. “25% of company laid off 3 days before Christmas with 2 weeks of severance. … If you see a job opening at Turing, run the opposite direction — fast.”
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