July 2006

  • Write-Offs

    Write-Offs: 07.31.06

    $$$Craigslist offers its two-cents on the Top Scumbag Professions:”stock broker — requires no knowledge of markets, just the ability to sell you a dead cat in a box, while making you think you got a great find.” And our To-Do list for today is suddenly much lighter. [Craiglist] $$$The Chocolate Phone has arrived. Buy it […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 5:16 PM
  • Goldman Sachs, Hank Paulson, insider-trading, Jeffrey Epstein, John Mack, Morgan Stanley, Pequot Capital, Plotkin

    The Perfect Storm, DealBreaker Style

    We’ve been spending some time trying to clear away the murk and shine some light into the shadows of Jeffrey Epstein’s financial dealings in an effort to provide some, uhm, actual financial reporting related to the sex candal encircling the mysterious money manager. There’s not much that is publicly available but we’re still digging. What […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 5:01 PM
  • Jeffrey Epstein

    Jeffrey Epstein’s Been Around Young Girls Before

    Does the fact that Jeffrey Epstein taught high school math and physics at Dalton for three years creep anyone else out? Unless you’ve been depending on the New York Times for your news, by now you know that Jeffrey Epstein has been charged with felony solicitation of prostitution rather than even more serious charges of […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 3:39 PM
  • polls

    Billionaire Babes: A DealBreaker Reader Poll

    Our choice of Lydia Hearst-Shaw as the hottest of the hot billionaire heiress babes seems to be controversial. To resolve the matter, we’ve created a new reader poll. Here’s how it works. First click here for the Forbes list of billionaire heiresses, then vote for the most hottest money honey below. Who Is The Hottiest […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 3:02 PM
  • Dick Grasso, Eliot Spitzer, NYSE, White Collar Crime

    Grasso Loses Lawyer, New Attorney Still Not a Potted Plant

    Dick Grasso will likely lose one of the most powerful forces he has on his side —Williams & Connolly attorney Brendan Sullivan. A recent ruling moving the trial date up to September from late October, probably means that Sullivan, who famously represented Oliver North in the Iran-Contra hearings, will not be able to serve as […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 2:05 PM
  • Exotics

    Some girls are richer than others

    Regular readers are no doubt familiar with our concern for rich, beautiful women. We earlier linked to a Forbes’ list of billionaires under 35, which unfortunately included very few women. But just because a girl isn’t a billionaire yet, doesn’t mean she won’t be soon. Like when her parent units kick off for that great […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 1:01 PM
  • banking culture, Banks, Citicorp, Lehman

    Citigroup Raids Lehman for Banking Bankers

    Citigroup scored a major coup on Friday, taking an entire team of bankers specializing in financial services deals from Lehman brothers. The defectors are led by Henry Michaels and John Roddy, and includes director Jerry Wiant, VP Sean Burke and associates John Minor and Donald Lacey. The best part–or at least a really great part […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 11:45 AM
  • Jeffrey Epstein

    On further reflection, maybe giving money back to Jeffrey Epstein isn’t such a good plan

    Why are Mark Green and Eliot Spitzer handing $60,000.00 over to alleged money manager cum massage masturbator Jeffrey Epstein? It’s pretty standard procedure these days for politicians to send back contributions from donors accused of crime or mired in scandal, and we guess allegations of soliciting prostitution, paying for naked massages from teenagers, human trafficking […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 11:33 AM
  • Jeffrey Epstein

    Meet Sarah Kellen, Jeffrey Epstein’s Other Girl

    We’re told that the dirty little nymph in this picture is Sarah Kellen, the personal assistant of Jeffrey Epstein who is alleged to have arranged many of her boss’s alleged naked massage sessions with teenage girls. The woman in this picture bears a striking resemblance to confirmed pictures of Kellen, including one where she is […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 10:47 AM
  • Economic Indicators

    Actually Barry, We Think It Might Be Your Job To Proofread the NYT Business Section

    We’ve said it before and we don’t mind repeating ourselves. Barry Ritholtz takes down financial writers like it’s his job. This time he’s taking on an article from Sunday’s New York Times in which Ed Yardeni tells us to ignore the reported numbers on jobs growth because, well, uhm, because so many economists thought the […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 9:22 AM
  • SOX

    Happy Birthday Sarbanes-Oxley!

    Has it been four years already? The little monster brought into the world following the financial scandals and collapsing business in the first years of the twenty-first century turns four today. This CFO.com column describes the business world’s evolving reaction to SOX in the language of a grief counselor—“first shock and anger, then acceptance, and […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 9:02 AM
  • Opening Bell

    Opening Bell: 7.31.06

    Hollywood Agents (Oligopoly Watch) If you caught last night’s episode of Entourage, then you already know the lesson here. The world of Hollywood agencies is a tight oligopoly, with little inclination to see a new competitor. It’s actually, what’s dubbed an “ologonomy”, since the firms are both an oligopoly (they sell talent to the studios) […]

    / Jul 31, 2006 at 8:41 AM
  • Value Added

    Value Added 7/28: Jeffrey Epstein, Ken Langone, Sex Slaves, Bacon, Court Room Drama and (of course) planes!

    It has been quite a week here at DealBreaker. Lawsuits, bashed-up bankers, Senate hearings, scandals, backdating, prostitution and human trafficking. We are about to take a badly needed weekend of rest, relaxation and toxic substance abuse. But before we close up shop and head out for the hinterlands, here’s a reminder of some of the […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 5:32 PM
  • Write-Offs

    Write-Offs: 07.28.06

    $$$6’0 190 lbs investment banker seeks part-time job as next Dirk Diggler. But with more private-equity know-how. [craiglist] $$$Need a little incentive to continue the self-imposed, handcuffed to the desk (and not in the good way), 80 hour work weeks? Try this on for size. Or maybe just the first floor. Or the foyer. Or […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 5:00 PM
  • Jeffrey Epstein

    Another Jeffrey Epstein Victim? Naughty Nadia May Be A Victim of International Sex Slave Trade

    Our earlier post on Nadia Marcinkova was written on the assumption that unlike the young girls Jeffrey Epstein is alleged to have paid to strip and massaged him while he pawed at them and masturbated into a towel, the eastern european blonde was a different kind of participant. Older, more sophisticated, at least a little […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 4:38 PM
  • Hedge Funds

    Sexing it up at the hedge fund conference

    Fortune’s Marcia Vickers got all tarted up in a slinky black dress and her sexiest heels to attend, uhm, a conference on start-up hedge funds. So what kind of folks go to these things? I first noticed Claudette, six feet tall in stiletto heels and sporting fire-truck-red lipstick and a five-alarm personality. Word spread she […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 4:01 PM
  • Earnings Reports, Overstock, Patrick Byrne

    Jedi Knight Patrick Byrne Has A Way to Beat the Sith Lords

    Gary Weiss, author of Wall Street Versus America, listened to the Overstock.Com conference call so you wouldn’t have to. Not surprisingly, CEO Patrick Byrne found time to talk about things other than his company’s $0.78 per share net loss in the second quarter. Things like dastardly short-sellers and how shareholders might prevent them from pushing […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 3:02 PM
  • Jeffrey Epstein

    Meet Nadia Marcinkova, Star Girl of the Raunchiest Part of Epstein Scandal

    Without a doubt, the absolutely raunchiest part of the Epstein affadavit stars a mysterious young woman named “Nada Marcinkova.” Lesbian strap-on raunchiness, ending in something that sounds to us a little bit like rape. We get all the details but no explanation of who Marcinkova is or what her relationship with Epstein was. She’s not […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 11:11 AM
  • Shorter Dealbook

    Dealbook, The Abridged Version (07.28.06)

    Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries: The IRS investigating 40 companies for backdating [legal] Feds investigating Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb for possible anti-competitive drug deal [legal] Kazaa settlement with record and movie industry [legal] Rambus settles with Hynix Semiconductor [

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 10:06 AM
  • Jeffrey Epstein

    In Retrospect, Everything Ever Said About Jeffrey Epstein Seems Creepy

    If you spend even a few moments reading the probable cause affidavit detailing mysterious money manager Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged penchant for paying naked teenagers to massage him while he, uhm, whacked-off, everything else you read about him starts to seem creepy too. There’s the now famous line in New York magazine’s profile. You know, the […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 9:33 AM
  • Plotkin

    Three More Defendants in the Plotkin Plot

    The SEC named three Croatians to the list of defendants in the civil lawsuit it filed over the insider-trading racket alleged to have been led by former Goldman Sachs associate Eugene Plotkin and analyst David Pajcin, bringing the total number of defendants to seventeen. The new defendants are Bruno Verinac, Antun Dilber and Anto Krsic. […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 9:22 AM
  • Enron, NatWest 3, NatWest Three, White Collar Crime

    NatWest 3=Iraq=Texas

    Earlier this week, we pointed out that our British friends were talking about the indictment of the NatWest 3 as if it had something to do with the Iraq war. Psychologically, the two had become linked, demonstrating that America was out of control and that the UK had some how become subservient to our rampages. […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 9:03 AM
  • Opening Bell

    Opening Bell: 7.28.06

    Are Deal Makers On Wall Street Leaking Secrets? (WSJ) It took until Friday, but the Wall Street Journal finally took the crown for the most painfully naïve headline of the week. Asking whether Wall Street leaks secrets is like, well, asking any other obvious question you could think of. The article in question is prompted […]

    / Jul 28, 2006 at 8:41 AM
  • John Washington

    Manhunt Target Has Facebook Account

    Per bottle-smashing and fisticuffs-throwing John Washington, we thought you might also enjoy listing JW as a facebook friend and subsequently perusing his favorite movies, books and quotes. For your voyeuristic pleasure.

    / Jul 27, 2006 at 4:19 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Sleep With One Eye Open

    The other day, one of you lovely and doting Planespotting devotees—“Bad Boy” to be exact—left the following comment, in reference to Tuesday’s post, Planespotting: John Thain, Maple Syrup, Sprinkles: The Decided Lack Thereof: “If I had my way, I’d never work. I’d just stay home all day, watch Scarface 50 times, eat a turkey sandwich, […]

    / Jul 27, 2006 at 4:09 PM
  • John Washington

    St Tropez Bottling Suspect Is Seriously Weird

    We’re starting to pull together some facts about John Washington, the man French police are searching for bashing an American investment banker over the head with a champagne bottle. And what we’re learning is that he is weird. Creepy weird. ITEM: Washington calls himself “The President of Pop.” As in pop-music. And he claims the […]

    / Jul 27, 2006 at 3:41 PM
  • banking culture

    A Good Year

    We don’t know anything about this movie except what we learned from the trailer. It seems to be the usual story of a man torn between a life of high finance and wealth, on the one hand, and a slower paced life in the country, on the other. Fair enough. But the twist here is […]

    / Jul 27, 2006 at 2:08 PM
  • Lazard

    Wasserstein Ill?

    Is Lazard CEO Bruce Wasserstein seriously ill? That’s what people are telling Peter Cohan. According to my source, a few weeks after the tragic death of his beloved sister Wendy, from lymphoma, and just after delivering his infamous report on Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), Bruce went into hiding for some eight weeks. He has […]

    / Jul 27, 2006 at 1:12 PM

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