6 of 10
Rick Wagoner, General Motors
Rick Wagoner, General Motors
Three-point turn? Wagoner has been promising for years to whip GM into shape, but a weakening U.S. market has investors wondering if GM will run out of time.
Why he's miserable: Wagoner led GM to big profits earlier this decade with aggressive financing deals and strong sales of trucks and SUVs. But spiking fuel prices have popped that balloon, and now GM is rushing to cut costs, slow its cash burn and finally make cars people want to buy. Wagoner, as always, says management has "the right plan for GM."

Why others are miserable: Analysts expect to see the company raise more capital, even with shares having lost two-thirds of their value over the past year and the ratings agencies threatening further downgrades. Job cuts will reach well into the thousands - even assuming further restructurings aren't in the offing.

What he makes: $14.4 million

What shareholders have lost: $11.5 billion (65%)

Misery Index: 79

NEXT: Mel Karmazin, Sirius
Last updated August 05 2008: 8:58 AM ET
GM's downward spiral: A timeline The automaker's $15.5 billion quarterly loss Aug. 1 wasn't a record, but it's the latest chapter in a 20-year slide. (more)
Uneasy lies the crownA look at some of the most prominent CEOs who've departed in recent years - and how they're keeping busy. (more)
Who's to blame Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in a lot of trouble. Here are the parties that brought us to this unhappy point. (more)

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2018. All rights reserved. Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2018 and/or its affiliates.