Mudd (left) and Syron came aboard at mid-decade to revive the mortgage giants after accounting scandals, but shareholders have lost billions and taxpayers are on the brink of a costly bailout.
Why others are miserable: Mudd and Syron have seen their shares plunge to 17-year lows in the past month, but that's just for starters. President Bush recently signed a housing rescue bill that critics such as Sen. Jim Bunning estimate could cost taxpayers as much as $1 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office, for its part, guesses there's a 50-50 chance a bailout can be avoided altogether.
What they make: Mudd, $11.7 million; Syron, $18.3 million
What shareholders have lost: Fannie, $52 billion (83%); Freddie, $36 billion (85%)
Misery Index: Mudd, 95; Syron, 103
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