Tidjane Thiam, chief executive officer of Prudential Plc, reacts during a Bloomberg Television interview on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 45th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from Jan. 21-24. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As Tidjane Thiam departs from Prudential Insurance to head Credit Suisse, it’s worth taking a closer look at whether Wall Street compensation actually benefit shareholders. Bankers’ compensation have always been the subject of envious scrutiny. Search the Dictionary of Quotations for something positive on the value of bankers and you’ll probably search forever. This scrutiny…

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