So there’s this guy. He wanted to be a boss-type management guy very, very badly. He worked very, very hard to achieve that, playing by the rules of the system. But he failed. So he got angry. He decided to make his living mocking bosses instead of being one. Lo and behold, he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. And in so doing, he became…a boss.

Such is the contradictory but comfortable position Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, finds himself in nowadays.

Today, he is the boss of the sprawling, global Dilbert empire. The strip appears in 2,000 newspapers in 25 languages in 65 countries, including far-flung places such as Sri Lanka, Brunei and Estonia. More than 20 million books and calendars are sold in North America alone.

In addition to owning the Dilbert brand, Adams is the co-owner of Stacey’s Caf