Robert A.G. Monks, 65
Former DOL pension administrator; founder and former president of Institutional Shareholder Services; founder and principal, LENS Investment Management LLC
"I don't think there's anything democratic about corporations. The worst thing (about them) is how the power of unelected people affects the lives of the citizenry.
"The fact that corporate governance has moved from the back burner to the front burner is a bit of a shock.
"The law (has been) hostile (to corporate governance) and the ownership of companies more fragmented. Both of these problems will be resolved in favor of owners (shareholders) in the next century.
"I think the corporate governance movement is now a moon, described in passive terms of reflective energy. I think it will become a sun. It will be a light . . . It will be a major factor on which money is invested."