INfact

Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief [...]

April 21 2008 by John Kador


Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief Executive’s INfact.

1. Wealthiest person on Forbes Magazine 2007 World Billionaires List, replacing, after 13 years, Bill Gates in the No. 1 position | Warren Buffett

2. Total net worth, up $900 billion from 2006, of the 2007 billionaire’s list | $4.4 trillion

3. Age of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, the youngest member of the list | 23

4. Country, at 14 percent average annual salary increase, with the fastest rising wage rate in the world | India

5. Number of Fortune 500 CEOs who are Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1954) | 427

6. Number of Fortune 500 companies which have official blogs | 54

7. Number of Fortune 500 CEOs who have a blog | 3

8. Average starting salary of newly minted MBAs | $92,360 plus starting bonus

9. Number of business schools offering degrees in professional golf management | 20

10. Minimum handicap required to be admitted to Florida State‘s golf management program | 12

11. Golf score students must shoot over two consecutive rounds in order to graduate | 78

12. Total U.S. exports in 2007, expressed as a percentage of gross domestic product | 11.8%

13. Worst states in which to do business, as ranked by a poll of 650 CEOs | California and New York

14. Best states | Texas and Nevada

15. Liberty” score of Hong Kong, the country ranked as the most “economically friendly” in the world | 90.3

16. Rank of U.S. | 80.6

17. Number of Major League Baseball players implicated in the steroid scandal who were caught because they had paid by personal check | 16

18. Total assets Vanguard Group added during Jack Brennan’s 12-year tenure as CEO | $1.1 trillion

19. Projected number of enclosed shopping malls that will be built in the U.S. in 2008 | 0

20. Number of CEOs of the 500 largest companies in North

America who stepped down in the fourth quarter of 2007 | 13

21. Percentage change from the corresponding period in 2006 | +50%

22. Involuntary departures among Global 500 CEOs in 2007 | 37%

23. In 2006 | 17%

24. The average tenure of CEOs who exited office in 2007 | 6 years, 8 months

25. Average tenure in 2006 | 8 years, 6 months

26. Change in durable goods manufacturing in January 2008 compared with the previous month | -5.3%

27. Change in U.S. residential construction employment since March 2006, if undocumented immigrants are counted | -15%

28. Change if undocumented immigrants are excluded | -4%

29. Cost of average domestic business trip in 2008 | $1,110

30. Cost of average international business trip | $3,171

31. Ratio of U.S. spending in grocery stores to that in restaurants | 1:1

32. City with the costliest daily parking rates | New York City: $42 (midtown)

33. Of the 10 biggest corporate buyout offers in 2008, the number that are “hostile” or “unsolicited” | 4

34. Number of new Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) listings Amex completed in 2007, raising a combined $10 billion | 50

35. Final year manufacture of incandescent light bulbs will be allowed by law | 2014

36. The search term most googled in China, beating out “What is love?” (question ranked at the top of Google’s global list) | “What is a blue chip?”

37. Percent of $6.9 trillion in U.S. bank deposits that are not insured | 38%

38. Total value of municipal bonds issued in January 2008 | $16.5 billion

39. Change from amount issued in January 2007 | -47%

40. Number of individual life insurance policies purchased in 2006 | 10.9 million

41. Number purchased in 2002 | 14.7 million


John Kador can be contacted at jkador@jkador.com

Sources: 1-2 Forbes; 3 ECA International; 4 The Boomer Consumer Blog; 5-6 Fortune; 7 Businessweek; 8 Graduate Management Admission Council; 9 Businessweek; 10-11 Florida State; 12 Bureau of Labor Statistics; 13-14 Chief Executive; 15-16 The Heritage Council, 2008 Index of Economic Freedom; 17 Mitchell Report; 18 Businessweek; 19 International Council of Shopping Centers; 20-25 Weber Shandwick; 26 US Commerce Department; 27-28 Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc; 29-30 American Express Business Travel; 31 Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture; 32 Colliers International; 33 USA Today; 34 Businessweek; 35 Department of Commerce; 36 Registered Rep; 37 FDIC; 38-39 Municipal Market Advisors; 40-41 American Council of Life Insurers