While not exactly Top of the Flops, the last 12 months have been anything but easy for these 10 individuals.
Of course, loads of people have bad years every year. But, in the business community at least, relatively few people should have found 1997 a real shocker - a strong pound and the recent market dive aside, the last 12 months have been about as good as it gets. There are, however, those who've endured rather than enjoyed 1997. Some, like Lord Sterling, have been victims of circumstance. Others have no such excuse. No one made PDFM's Tony Dye take £7 billion out of equities and put it into cash while the markets surged. And then, of course, there are others for whom '97 was always going to be bad. Liam Strong, for one. Our list doesn't claim to be definitive - Andrew Regan, for example, is absent, though his role in making Sir Chips Keswick's year one to forget was crucial.