At the end of the day, Jobs dodged a bullet because of 1) his value to Apple's shareholders, 2) his value to the U. economy, and 3) just plain luck that neither Apple's board nor the SEC found a smoking gun to force them to do something they didn't want to do.
Swift is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums—including 27.8 million in the US—and 130 million single downloads.
And, he did not directly benefit from the backdated options because they were canceled and exchanged for restricted shares.
Worst case, it happened on Jobs' watch, but he was far enough removed from the action to claim plausible deniability. Broadcom and others fingered the CEO, but that just shows how subjective this issue is.
Never mind that Anderson, in a press release, claimed to have informed Jobs of the accounting implications of backdating options in 2001.
Or that Jobs gave up his outstanding options, which were "underwater," in exchange for 5 million restricted shares in 2003.
As for Jobs, a report from Apple's internal investigation indicated that, while he was indeed aware of the options backdating, "he did not financially benefit from these grants or appreciate the accounting implications." In addition to vindicating Jobs, that same report fingered Heinen and Anderson.I count no fewer than 38 top executives at 19 high-tech companies that have bit the dust over this stuff.We're talking top executives at big-name companies like Apple, Altera, Broadcom, Brocade, Cirrus Logic, Comverse, KLA-Tencor, Maxim, Mc Afee, Rambus, Sanmina-SCI, Take Two, Trident, Verisign, and Vitesse. That's serious fallout considering that options backdating is legit as long as the company reports it and accounts for it accurately.All were highly successful on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, with "Our Song" and "Should've Said No" both reaching number one.With his help, Swift modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch as part of their "Rising Stars" campaign, had an original song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended meetings with major record labels.