Yes, really. Just because a corporation has money coming out the wazoo doesn't mean every employee in the company has unlimited access to all of it. That "French fellow" (I assume you mean Lucian Grainge, CEO of UMG, but perhaps you meant Vincent Bolloré, CEO of Vivendi) doesn't allow everyone who works for any of the company's many divisions to throw money around like drunken sailors. The suits who work for UMG (which is in turned owned by Vivendi, a French publicly traded corporation) have to stay within budget, and can and do get fired if they don't make good, profitable decisions. If anyone needs to do research, it would be someone who didn't even state that UMG is a subsidiary of another company, and that $22,000,000,000 figure (which you apparently pulled out of thin air) must refer to their current stock price if they company was sold at its current trading price. Their annual revenue is more like 1.5 to 2 billion dollars.