What Do Vikram Pandit, Jim Cramer, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Charlie Gasparino and Ken Lewis All Have In Common?

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They were robbed of a spot on Time's 100 Most Influential list, after being teased with the prospect of such an honor, that's what!* If you see any of these men today, stop and give them a hug-- they're gonna need it. Moving on. Among those who were inducted into the winner's circle: T. Boone Pickens, Carlos Slim, Meredith Whitney, Suze Orman, Tim Geithner, Jamie Dimon, Sheila Bair, Paul Krugman, Nouriel Roubini, and Bernie Madoff. According to managing editor Rick Stengel, "The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it's not a list of the smartest people in the world...they're people...who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people." Indeed!
*Feel free to find more common threads among them.

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