Former United Airlines Chairman Stephen Wolf wasn't unemployed for long. Jobless after the July employee buyout, Wolf announced on Aug. 24 he would join Lazard Frres as a senior adviser. The firm shouldn't have trouble paying his undisclosed salary: While other bankers hammered out details of the deal, Lazard earned a $5 million "success fee" for bringing United's unions back to the negotiating table last December after talks broke down.

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