It’s amazing how much one person can do in a lifetime. From the moment they enter the executive suite, CEOs have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the world. Whether it’s for good or for bad, their words can have far-reaching consequences. 

This list looks at some of the most notorious and controversial business leaders of the last few decades. From Howard Schultz not wanting to be called a billionaire, to Mike Jeffries only wanting hot people working for Abercrombie & Fitch, to Michael Eisner’s belief that money was more important than art, these people have all made their mark on the business world. Often for the worse, at least from the point of view of humanity, in both senses.

It’s kind of a fascinating look at some of the most influential CEOs and execs. Read on to find out more about their stories, and the absolutely ridiculous things they were caught saying.

"Girl" superhero? Please.

CRACKED IKE PERLMUTTER, former head of Marvel Entertainment, stopped Black Widow merchandise from being made in 2015 because he asserted it wouldn't be popular with kids, as she's a girl superhero.

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