Love ’em or hate ’em, some companies knew how to make it big. With help from investors and despite almost unanimous negative public opinion, companies like Phillip Morris whose CEO once said “Smoking isn’t that hard to quit” are still on top. Walmart purposely keeping its employees on Welfare and offer inadequate health insurance.
The other way around is the same story; companies that Americans love but investors generally stay away from, being Facebook, Microsoft and Apple. Generally well liked by the masses, but because of poor financial decisions and controversial manufacturing practices keeps investors at arms length.
Either with support of investors or because of popularity, all of these companies are doing very well, begging the question if you need both to build a successful company.
Source: Great Business Schools