It has been a banner year for business and leaders, with competition for Crikey's 2008 Business Achiever Awards more intense than ever. Congratulations to those blessed executives and business types who shone out in a year brimming with incompetence and greed of the highest order.

Broking Analyst of the year: One of the most competitive fields, with literally hundreds of analysts coming up with calls which were ambitious or simply wrong. Few surpassed Austock senior analyst Amanda Miller, who on 26 February 2008 recommended ABC Leaning Centres as a "strong buy" with a price target of $8.17. As the note was being issued, ABC shares were falling to $1.15 (the company has since been placed in administration).