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Are CEOs Talented or Just Lucky?

Are CEOs Talented or Just Lucky?

Are CEOs Talented or Just Lucky?

For too long, the only voices accusing many of America’s corporate executives of excessive pay came from a small group of academics and activist investors. When the divorce of a billionaire oil executive went to court, an unlikely voice joined the chorus.

The legal defense of Harold Hamm, chief executive of Continental Resources, hinged on the belief that a majority of his wealth was simply the result of happenstance and luck. The defendant wasn’t talented, they argued, he was simply part of an energy industry experiencing a rising tide of growth. If the courts agreed with Hamm’s feeble self-assessment, it …

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