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The chief executive and NIMBY

There goes the neighborhood. Why should it affect neighbors when a wealthy and powerful figure moves to that mansion behind the hedgerow? It's different when that neighbor can buy up the neighborhood.

While they could be the best kind of neighbors, silently residing on their estates, and maybe even only rarely home due to business travel, CEOs make appearances on both ends of the "not in my backyard" (NIMBY) complaint.

They have the means and the lawyers to take matters into their own hands or to sue to prevent something they don't want nearby, but it doesn't always work in their favor. They also have the means to keep building things on their properties, and that doesn't always go over well with the neighbors.

Read ahead for examples of CEOs being accused of being bad neighbors. Groups will be formed in protest. Rude things will be said. Lawsuits will be won, lost and withdrawn.

—By Colleen Kane, Special to CNBC
Posted 23 April 2014

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