One thing you may have picked up from Bill Ackman’s investing style is that he gets involved with companies he believes, very passionately, can benefit from his help. He comes in armed with a plan, and while some people might not be open to the unsolicited suggestions for improvement, few can argue that he’s just trying to make the world a better place. What you may not know is that what Bill does during his 9-5 doesn’t stop when he punches the clock and gets off his shift as as foreman at Pershing Square. The make-overs (aesthetic and spiritual) aren’t just for Target but for you, too. “Bill’s a fixer,” former Bloomberg reporter Christine Richard told the Observer. “He just looks at everything as how can I sort this out, including people.” For instance…

Your ass. Can you deny it could benefit from some squat thrusts?

Almost everyone who has met Mr. Ackman has either been complimented or insulted regarding his or her appearance, and those falling into the latter group usually find themselves with an appointment to see his nutritionist and sometimes his personal trainer, too. He has been known to stop people on the street corner and give them advice or even find them a job in the time it takes for the light to change.

Or how about your love life? Wasn’t it time you stopped running around with these slag heaps and got serious about settling down?

Mr. Ackman claims to have yenta’d at least four marriages, though that score is in dispute; and he and Karen host singles parties at their $26 million Beresford apartment to add to that tally. (They are demure, catered affairs with a minimum of alcohol and a maximum of conversation, say former attendees, where 10 married couples bring their 10 most eligible friends.)

What about your inability to be honest with people. You need to figure out why you’re lying to them, and yourself.

For the notoriously blunt Mr. Ackman, it comes down to almost indecorous levels of honesty. “If your wife asks you whether she looks good in a dress, and every time you tell her she looks beautiful, she won’t believe you,” Mr. Ackman explained. “But if you tell her, ‘Well … ,’ and then other times, ‘Wow, that’s a really beautiful dress,’ then she really appreciates it. And it’s the same thing with friendships and CEOs.”

And your tennis game, my god. You want to get better? You’re gonna have to get serious and start hitting with real players who aren’t going to let you off the hook.

After her practice, [Ackman’s daughter] Eloise crossed the green-and-blue hard court for a round of doubles, joining Morgan Stanley across the net from Mr. Ackman and Marius. Nearly every shot that left Mr. Ackman’s racket barreled toward his daughter, many barely missing her as she gamely tried to volley them back. One of his shots did actually connect with its unintended target, causing Ms. Ackman to jump back. Dad rushed over for a quick hug and a peck on the forehead.

Lest anyone think Bill is a ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ type of guy, think again. He holds himself to the same standard, if not higher.

…a job with a bigger firm would have made it harder for Mr. Ackman to hold most of the records in the office gym, as he does at Pershing’s 40-person concern on the 42nd floor of 888 Seventh Avenue. Mr. Ackman has even been known to cross-train to reclaim record times on the treadmill or the rowing machine, according to colleagues.”

While Pershing Square investors can rest easy knowing Bill has no plans to abandon running the fund to take over for Clinton Kelly on What Not To Wear (a dream), he is accepting applications for his next Extreme Makeover candidates this summer. If the watchful eye of Ackman sounds like something from which you could benefit, get in touch today. You’ll be awoken at 4:30 am to skip rope over broken glass while shouting out “Williams Rules For Romance,” and likely have food slapped out of your hands when he’s decided you’ve had one bit too many, but it’ll be worth it.

The Busybody of the Beresford: Bill Ackman Fixed His Own Image—and Now He’ll Fix You! [NYO]

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  1. Posted by trojan | April 27, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    I don’t know if you heard me counting. I did over a thousand.

  2. Posted by guest | April 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    I’d love to play tennis with Bill using one of those fast ball pitching machine loaded with soft balls

  3. Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    GTL4life, son.

  4. Posted by Curious In Queens | April 27, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Isn’t he kind of hard to talk to because he is always crying hysterically?

  5. Posted by Tony Horton | April 27, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Try a single leg wall squat for 30 seconds Bill. Then call me.

  6. Posted by Hotdog | April 27, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    I would crush him in singles and I am 40 lbs overweight. Why would anyone let themselves be the subject of one of these profiles, you come off as an idiot no matter how much money you have

  7. Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    That guy is a pussy. He knows that I have to register my hands as lethal weapons at airports, right? Tell him, “Impossible is Nothing.”

    -Aleksey Vayner

  8. Posted by NakedShort | April 27, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    X me baby!


  9. Posted by Vin's Weasel | April 27, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Ever have one of those not so fresh days?

    I have.

    /B. Ackman

  10. Posted by Put_Option | April 27, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    I lift things up and put them down….

  11. Posted by Dieter | April 27, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Try holed up for 5 days in a Hyatt with the Quickster with nothing to eat but Dilly Bars and some cooter.
    –Berkshire… the “A” shares

  12. Posted by J. Voigt | April 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    How fast can he ride Alpe d’Huez?

  13. Posted by derp | April 27, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Bill uses hundreds at the strip club. But not because he wants to seem flashy. He’s just trying to help some nice young women.

  14. Posted by Homosaurus | April 27, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    on a jr’s bike after a blowout at speed…. harden the fuck up!

  15. Posted by Guest | April 27, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    L-MF: Oh Hi Meester Ackman!
    BA: Oh Hi Lisa-Marie.
    L-MF: Do you like my dress?
    BA: Not at all, you look like a matador at a bullfight.
    L-MF(taking pants off): And now?
    BA: Wow, that’s a really beautiful dress.

  16. Posted by AssBurgher | April 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    I prefer a maximum of alcohol and a minimum of conversation.

  17. Posted by Anti DB | April 27, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Thought NYPD are the “fixers”

  18. Posted by Damone | April 27, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    This is pretty good iced tea, Stacy.

    I gotta go, Stacy. I really gotta go.

  19. Posted by Danny | April 27, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Let’s see him do something that requires effort like yoga or surfing. Lifting is for pussies.

    D Loeb

  20. Posted by Value Investor | April 27, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Whitney TIlson Will Get Rid Of Your Assets, Set You Up With Your Dealer, Beat Himself Off On Your Desk

  21. Posted by Guest | April 27, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    setting records on treadmills is the nki

  22. Posted by Guest | April 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    But can he bench 250?

  23. Posted by Lewis Winthorpe III | April 27, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    What, we’re just supposed to believe that he can row “record times?” What does he average for his 5k?

    and how the hell do you hold a “record time” on the treadmill? What kind of distance, and who the hell is keeping track?

    -skeptical analyst

  24. Posted by Guest | April 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    He still hasn’t beat my legitimate records.

    – B. Madoff

  25. Posted by Timmy Kunu G | April 27, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    I like to shred the gnar!

  26. Posted by Pjackson10 | April 27, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Hey, Richard Simmons,
    Stick with diet and exercise.
    – Bankruptcy Attorney

  27. Posted by Zilla | April 27, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Bet he hasn’t swallowed more cum than me. If he wants to race I’m game.


  28. Posted by Jeffrey Hoffman | April 28, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Record times at a 40 person club. Am I reading that correctly? Why that’s impossible, or merely improbable. Something like 1/40.

  29. Posted by Dear Leader | April 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    I once had 18 hole-in-ones in a row, True story.

  30. Posted by the id | April 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM


  31. Posted by Guest | April 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Who does 5Ks? Is that for half-asses you can’t row a 6K and can’t pull a respectable 2k time? As a side note, pershing square clearly must not have any former world-class athletes that dabbled in college crew. Fail.

  32. Posted by Sandra Nance | December 12, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Mr. Ackman is really a good man and he also keep his body in shape. I am his colleague and have seen him doing workout and diet. He is just crazy about the workout. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Posted by Julian Hocking | December 25, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    How much time does he spends on daily workout?

  34. Posted by Matthew Bowhay | January 1, 2015 at 4:03 AM

    I think he might spend out 2 hours on workout because i can see his body shape and to do that he have to do minimum workout of 2 hours daily.