The U.S. has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to corrupt leaders whose dirty laundry has been aired throughout the past decade. From insider trading to shady dealings while in political office to fraud and other unlawful practices while heading a company, you have to hand it to these guys – they’re nothing if not bold in their corruption. In fact, it would almost be funny if they weren’t contributing the economic ruin of the entire nation and upsetting the global financial system.
Here is a sampling of the blatantly and shockingly corrupt executives dining out on salaries and bonuses that could support entire small nations. And no surprise here, many of them operate in the blurred lines between business and politics.