The following is adapted from a joke recently told at a buyout conference:
A successful venture capitalist who has spent most his life making money and living at the ethical edge dies and goes to heaven. He knew it was going to be a close thing, so he is surprised and more than a little pleased when he dies and finds himself there. He is even more amazed when he sees that heaven is full of his fellow venture capitalists sitting on poolside chairs under blue skies, talking on white phones, and being serviced by beautiful angels.
Given that he knew it was a close thing, he asks if he can go see how people are living down in hell. “Sure”, he is told, and off they go. Except when they get there everything looks the same: Venture capitalists on poolside chairs under blue skies, talking on white phones, and being serviced by beautiful angels.
“What’s different?”, he asks. The fellow who took him there replies, “That’s easy. Down here the deals close.”