7 of 10
Mel Karmazin, Sirius
Mel Karmazin, Sirius
Decaying orbit: Sirius finally pushed through its long-anticipated merger with rival XM - just as the crumbling economics of the car industry put new pressure on the cash-burning company.
Why he's miserable: Penny-pinching consumers have grown less inclined to get satellite radio for their new rigs. Meanwhile, the company continues to struggle with sky-high costs, though Sirius recently said it could swing to positive cash flow next year excluding certain expenses including, of all things, satellite-related costs.

Why others are miserable: Sirius was once one of Wall Street's favorite growth stories, rocketing to $7 and change from under a dollar a share between 2003 and 2005. But the stock has plunged back to $1.60 or so since, and analysts worry that the merged companies may face soaring costs as they refinance debt.

What he makes: $32 million

What shareholders have lost: $2 billion (46%)

Misery Index: 78

NEXT: Howard Schultz, Starbucks
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.