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When CEOs wished the mic wasn't on: Can you match the gaffe to the boss?

Updated 0235 GMT (1035 HKT) November 3, 2014
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Which of these two tech bosses recently said that women who don't ask for a pay rise will receive good karma? Click on the next image to get the answer. AFP/Getty Images
The answer is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella, who reportedly receives an annual salary of $84 million, soon disavowed the controversial comments he made at a women's tech conference last month saying via Twitter he had been "inarticulate."
"Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online." Which of these fashion designers (Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole) tweeted this during the Arab Spring? Click on the next slide for the answer. AFP/Getty Images
The answer is Kenneth Cole. The Twittersphere erupted when American designer Kenneth Cole used the 2011 uprising in Egypt's Tahrir Square to plug his latest range. Some web users called for a boycott, while others created a parody KennethColePR account with quips like "Wardrobe got you water-BORED? GITMO of our new spring collection." D Dipasupil/Getty Images
Which Italian food company's boss said: "If gays don't like it, they can always eat another brand." AFP/Getty Images
The answer is Barilla's Guido Barilla.

Outraged LGBT advocates called on consumers to boycott the world's largest pasta maker in 2013 after Barilla's chairman said commercials for his products wouldn't feature same-sex couples because the company prefers the "traditional" family. Barilla apologized and pledged to make changes to better promote diversity
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"We had 49 artists in Finland and I don't think there are 49 Finns who can sing." Which former music industry executive said this when announcing job cuts? AFP/Getty Images
The answer is EMI's Alain Levy.

Finns had their egos bruised in 2002, when EMI's then-chief executive Alain Levy joked about their country's musical talents (or as he saw it, lack thereof) while explaining why the company was slashing its roster of artists.
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"Put that camera down, right now. Abel, you're fired. Out." Which one of these three CEOs (Steve Ballmer, Marissa Mayer, Tim Armstrong) said this to an employee with more than one thousand people listening? AFP/Getty Images
The answer is AOL's Tim Armstrong.
The AOL chief executive made headlines in August 2013 after he sacked an employee on the spot for trying to make a video recording of a conference call about layoffs. Armstrong said the public firing was a "mistake" (but didn't give the employee his job back).