On air yesterday, CNBC anchor Melissa Francis told Dan Lyons, the Forbes editor recently revealed as Fake Steve Jobs, that he deserved a raise. Lyons nervously concurred. Nervously, because he still hasn't concluded fraught negotiations with his employer on how much Forbes will pay to bring his blog, The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, on board when Brad Stone of the New York Times outed him as the author. But no matter. "We've already established what you are, ma'am," I can imagine Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard telling Lyons. "Now we're just haggling over the price."
And what price? That's the question. Lyons's friends are already negotiating for him in public; curiously close chum David Churbuck says Fake Steve is worth $250,000 a year. So let's join in! Help Lyons and Karlgaard come to terms by voting in our poll! Just a couple things to keep in mind as you vote: Like most senior editors at big business magazines, Lyons already makes a six-figure salary. And his day job apparently didn't keep him busy enough to prevent him from moonlighting as Fake Steve.