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Ivan Boesky

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The Resume

    (March 6, 1937-May 20, 2024)
    Born in Detroit, Michigan
    Former stock trader (Ivan S. Boesky & Company)
    Sentenced to three years in federal prison after being convicted on insider trading charges (December 1987)

Why he might be annoying:

    He was the poster boy for white collar crime during the 1980s.
    In addition to the prison time he received for insider trading, he was also fined $100 million.
    He's 'credited' with pioneering junk bonds.
    He said: 'Greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.'
    He might've inspired the infamous 'Wall Street' character, Gordon Gekko.
    He used money from the family he married into to start his own brokerage, then collected alimony from that wife following their divorce.
    He somehow managed to earn a law degree even though he never earned an undergraduate degree.
    He 'earned' the nickname 'Ivan the Terrible.'

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was a hard worker, reportedly only sleeping three hours a night (it takes a lot of work to gather $3 billion worth of insider trading tips).
    He was released from prison after 22 months for good behavior.
    As part of his plea deal, he 'ratted out' several other brokers who were guilty of white collar crimes, including Michael Milken.

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 61 Votes: 98.36% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 10 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 4 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 13 Votes: 92.31% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 31 Votes: 48.39% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 9 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 47 Votes: 51.06% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 62 Votes: 53.23% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 23 Votes: 65.22% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 64 Votes: 79.69% Annoying