Is it possible top executives at listed companies are not paid enough? That will seem heretical stuff to many, yet there is evidence that suggests bosses’ worth should be evaluated differently.

Take last week’s kerfuffle over Mark Gordon, creative supremo of Entertainment One, which owns the Peppa Pig franchise. Reports that he would resign, denied the next day by the company, caused its market value to swing wildly.

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