I'd like to punch him in the face!
I'm a little late on this one, but it's been cracking me up all week.
Following rumours that the incident had occurred, Vicki Ward, a US journalist, said "two very senior sources - one incredibly senior source" had confirmed it to her. "He went to the gym after ... Lehman was announced as going under," she told CNBC. "He was on a treadmill with a heart monitor on. Someone was in the corner, pumping iron and he walked over and he knocked him out cold.
Fuld does seem smug through it all, but I do share his wonderment at how Lehman was allowed to fail when just about everyone else got bailed out. It may have just been bad timing...Paulson drawing the line somewhere. Still, I do wonder if any personal politics were involved. Goldman and Lehman were competitors...I know I'd be less than generous if TheStreet.com needed a bailout...just saying.
All that said, this would be a fascinating poll question: "Given a free shot, which Fat Cat would would you punch in the face?"
I'm having a hard time coming up with one. There are certainly a bunch of CEO's who have run companies into the ground and gotten away with huge paychecks, but how many of us would actually give the money back? Incompetence doesn't get my dander up... it would have to be someone with cruel intentions? Any suggestions?