15. Decoy Executive: Around $48,000 Per Year
Aptly dubbed a reporter at The Atlantic as “rent-a-white-guy,” certain companies in China have been known to hire Caucasian Anglos to do nothing but dress up in nice suits, shake hands and give Chinese firms the image of being connected to the West.
The author of the 2010 Atlantic piece, Mitch Moxley, worked as one of these decoy executives. He recalled being “paid $1,000 for a week, put up in a fancy hotel, and wined and dined in Dongying, an industrial city in Shandong province.” No prior experience or actual business acumen was required—just “a fair complexion and a suit,” he added.