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The Worst American CEOs of All Time

Throughout the history of business, the failure or success of a company has relied on many factors, not the least of which is the corporate savvy or managerial shortcomings of the executive at the top. Recently, many CEOs have come under fire for mismanagement, costing taxpayer and shareholder money alike amid the worst economic downturn in decades.

So how do these corporate leaders stack up against the worst CEOs of all time? To answer that question, Portfolio.com assembled a panel of professors from top business schools, surveying them on records of CEOs who most effectively destroyed value and innovation while displaying the worst management skills throughout their management tenure. Here is the result of their findings: The 20 Worst American CEOs of all time.

Rankings By: Portfolio.com
Posted 30 Apr 2009