on a small scale you can see how mini-boss VCs try to distort business owners at early stages on a show like Shark Tank. then multiply that by 10000 and you get the situation on wall street.
jerry yang will forever be hated because he put his company before the investors. he didn't let the investors cash out on MSFT's dime before the market collapse. nobody really honestly cares about the company. it's all about flipping bills.
as far as dividends most people will take a short sale over that any day.
the biggest business is keeping the public from the reality of it all.