October 2008
Internet Prospector




The Guardian publishes an annual pay survey, which this year includes the 250 biggest public companies in the UK as well as the FTSE 100. By the way, FTSE (pronounce it "footsie") is an index of companies on the London Stock Exchange. Find a way to discuss the FTSE around the office, and you'll be the smartest person in the room.

Indulge in some nostalgia for 2007, when the companies watched the rewards of their directors grow 37 percent with big bonuses and mega-payouts. For example, top earner Bob Diamond of Barclays Bank's investment arm earned 23 million pounds last year, in a package stuffed with a performance bonus of 10 million pounds and 12 million in stock awards.

Also read articles about the Murdoch family, U.S. executives taking home pay raises, Europe's views against excessive pay schemes and the highest paid female directors.



For those of us who were disqualified long ago from appearing in a “Forty under 40” listing, here's something to aspire to: Slate's collection of prominent octogenarians, its first-ever “Geezer Issue.” In this article, you can see a brief profile and a quip or two about politicians such as West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd or tycoons including Alfred E Mann, John Kluge and Carl Lindner, Jr.

Tabs at the bottom of the graphic will filter the group by Age/Gender, Business, Arts, Politics, Other Careers and Special. You can further limit each grouping. For example, try clicking on Special, then on Filthy Rich.

Also listed are five up-and-coming seventy-nine year olds, as well as five who missed the list due to, well, being deceased.



Put down today's bad news and read about the Ethisphere Institute, dedicated to the research, creation and sharing of best practices in ethics, compliance and corporate governance.

Last December, their Web site named 100 leaders in ethics for 2007, broken down into categories including Government and Regulatory, Business Leadership and Media and Whistleblowers. These are the folks who influenced companies to "go green" or require more disclosure.

Some of the names may raise an eyebrow or two, but take a look: honorees include Thomas Bergmark of Ikea, Michael Dell of Dell and Mark Parker of Nike. Registration (free) is required to access the list.



We don't usually cover Forbes' annual listing of the 400 wealthiest people in the U.S., but this year it would be remiss to overlook the fact that the stock and housing market crash cut 33 people from the ranking, and undoubtedly there will be more losses in the coming days and weeks. However, the rising prices of oil and art brought in 31 new names.

Two of the newbies are Patrón tequila founder John Paul DeJoria and Mark Zuckerberg, the 24-year-old founder of Facebook. Salud!


Pam Patton

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