06/11/2010 12:49 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mediocre CEOs: 9 Execs Screwed Up And Still Made Big Bucks

Why aim for greatness when mediocrity pays just as well? The financial crisis has changed a lot about our economy, but one thing remains a constant: Poor performance is no hindrance to a fat payout. As the executives of bankrupt newspaper chain Tribune Co. stand in line for over $100 million in bonuses, we take a look at the noble history of paying execs far more than they deserve.

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