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Jeff Immelt, General Electric
Jeff Immelt, General Electric
The house that Jack built: Immelt's failure to match the stock gains posted by predecessor Jack Welch have some people saying he should break up the conglomerate.
Why he's miserable: In April, GE did what former CEO Jack Welch made unthinkable - it missed quarterly earnings estimates. The flub emboldened Wall Street analysts to call for the breakup of the company, which skeptics say has grown too dependent on the finance business.

Why others are miserable: The stock, after years of flat-to-lower performance, has lost a third of its value off its 2007 peak, and GE - long the biggest U.S. company by market capitalization - has been eclipsed by Exxon.

What he makes: $19.6 million

What shareholders have lost: $141 billion (33%)

Misery Index: 53

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Last updated August 05 2008: 8:58 AM ET
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