James B. Stewart
Martha Stewart was an internationally known television personality and CEO of her own billion dollar corporation when she conspired with her broker to sell her shares in ImClone, a pharmaceutical corporation run by her friend Sam Wakshul, using insider information to avoid a loss on a, for her, relatively small investment of $45,000. Had it not been for the guilt felt by Douglas Faneuil, a mid-level broker's assistant at Merrill-Lynch who lied to protect his boss, Stewart's efforts to hide her minor crime might never have come to light.
Barry Bonds, the gifted and spoiled son of hall of famer Bobby Bonds, seemed destined for glory from the time he was a high school athlete. An exceptionally gifted high school athlete, slender and lithe, he attended The University of Arizona, leaving early to accept a high dollar draft offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Twice league MVP in Pittsburgh, Bonds was, nevertheless, voted the least popular player on the team. After a series of salary disputes, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants, the team where his father had starred and his Godfather, Willie Mays, spent a career as one of the all-time greats in baseball. None of the acclaim, success, or heritage made Bonds a nice or an honest man, although he became quite rich. At some time during his time with the Giants he became involved with a personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who introduced him to a variety of steroids taken by mouth and injection which prolonged his career, helped him establish an all-time home run record, while changing his personality for the worse and allowing his body to bulk up and last long enough to establish his historic records. Along the way, investigations into his steroid usage led to the Balco scandal which involved numerous baseball and track & field stars (including Olympic champion Marion Jones) and to the convictions of a number of people. Throughout all this Bonds continued to lie about his use of steroids despite enormous evidence to the contrary that resulted in the jailing of a number of people. Bonds is still under investigation, and his trial is supposed to begin soon.