If the CEO and PHB want to make money for little in return they should look at starting their own government. It's tough to get started in this field, but if you can manage it, the fruits can be pretty tasty. For example, I pay the state a couple of hundred bucks a year for a little sticker to put on my license plate. I suspect that sticker costs them less than $1.00, which is a pretty good profit margin :-)
carpbert, that happened here also. We deregulated gas and electricity years ago and now have the privilege of paying many times more than the rate of inflation would have accounted for.
No-one understands their bills, with line after line of "service fees" that give us nothing.
My friends don't understand it when I say that we as a country are proud to pay top dollar for every product and service, as long as it's in servitude to "free market" principles.
We all are, after all, just profit centers. But not for ourselves.
Shareholders are technically the highest due to the fact that they own a part of the company (or a share(s) of the company as the name implies), realistically however most CEOs ignore the majority of their shareholders and so end out being the top dogs while also being fat cats at the same time.