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Forbes names Satyam's Raju as world's 4th most outrageous CEO

Ramalinga Raju, the former chairman of Satyam Computers, has been ranked as the world's fourth most outrageous CEO by the Forbes. Others in the list are Sri Lankan-origin American hedge fund manager Raj Rajarathnam (third), former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain (2nd) and Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein (1st).

business Updated: Nov 26, 2009 19:22 IST

It's one Forbes list where none would want to figure, but Ramalinga Raju, the founder-chairman Satyam Computers (now Mahindra Satyam), has managed the feat of being among the world's 10 most outrageous CEOs.

Raju has been ranked as the world's fourth most outrageous CEO in 2009 on the list compiled by the Forbes, known for its rankings of the richest and the most powerful the world over.

Giving Raju company are Sri Lankan-origin American hedge fund manager Raj Rajarathnam (third), former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain (2nd) and Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein (1st).

Raju, the only Indian on the list dominated by Americans, owes his place on the list to his disclosure in January about committing the country's biggest ever corporate fraud.

"In January, B Ramalinga Raju, the founder of Satyam Computer Services, confessed to overstating its profits over several years and creating a fictitious cash balance of more than $ billion.

"He confessed to inventing more than 10,000 fictional employees to help him steal money from the company, and using his mother's name to buy land with the proceeds. The police arrested Raju, his co-founder and brother, B Rama Raju, and former CFO Srinivas Vadlamani on charges of cheating, forgery and breach of trust.

"Despite Raju's confession, he has yet to face charges in court," Forbes said, adding the investigators have now found
the fraud to be "much worse than expected after they discovered another $ 1.25 billion beyond what was already
known."

Raju on this list is followed by American businessman Thomas Petters (5th), who went on trial in October for
allegedly orchestrating a $3.5-billion fraud.

The magazine said about a year ago Bernard Madoff "raised the bar for corporate malfeasance to an all-time high when he
was arrested on charges of orchestrating a $50-billion Ponzi scheme."

"Obviously, nobody managed to top Madoff's crimes in 2009, but 10 executives showed enough greed, hubris and
chutzpah to altogether give him a run for his (stolen) money," it said about the list.

Those on the list include AIG's former CEO Edward M Liddy, who faced a nationwide firestorm when it emerged that
$165-million in retention bonuses were being paid to the executives, at the sixth position.

At the seventh position is Danny Pang, founder and the then chief executive of Private Equity Management Group, who
was arrested in April on charges of structuring cash transactions so that he wouldn't have to report them to the government.

In April, the SEC of the US accused Pang of running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded his investors of hundreds of millions of dollars. Pang died in September at age 42, before he could stand trial. A report is expected by January to say
whether he committed suicide.