Scotts Miracle-Gro Chairman and CEO Jim Hagedorn, a former F-16 fighter pilot, has long been known for his outsized personality, but it's his language that recently landed him in hot water with his company's board.
"While I have a tendency to use colorful language, I recognize my comments in this case were inappropriate and I apologize," Hagedorn said in a statement issued Monday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The details of what Hagedorn specifically said to prompt the apology were not disclosed, but the executive, who took over Micracle-Gro from his father, has long had a reputation for salty phrases.
In an article in The Wall Street Journal about the merger between Miracle-Gro and lawn care company Scotts, Hagedorn was quoted as saying: "The idea to merge with Scotts dawned on him after he looked at the company's market value in 1995, he said, so he called his father's tax lawyer to vet the idea. "I said, 'Bob, I got this f— crazy idea. Do you think it'd be f— possible to take over Scotts?'" he recalls, sitting in the Port Washington office that his father once occupied."
Hagedorn is not alone in the executive suite using off-color language. Click ahead to see more examples of people from the world of business and finance who have expressed themselves with the bird, the f-bomb, or just plain rudeness.
By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.com
Posted 30 Sept. 2011; updated 4 June 2013