And did! (Next time think about throwing in a tutorial on beating The Man at his own game and some tales from the crypt to sweeten the deal.)

Not long after Mitt Romney dropped out of the presidential race in early 2008, a titan of New York finance, Julian H. Robertson, flew to Utah to deliver an eye-popping offer. He asked Mr. Romney to become chief executive of his hedge fund, Tiger Management, for an annual salary of about $30 million, plus investment profits, according to two people told of the discussions. For Mr. Romney, who had spent the previous decade in public life forgoing any paychecks, the position promised to catapult him back to the pinnacle of American business and into the ranks of the stratospherically rich. Several friends and relatives urged him to accept. “Let’s put it this way,” said Mr. Robertson. “He could have made a lot of money.” But Mr. Romney was uninterested.

Defeat, Introspection, Reinvention, Nomination [NYT]

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  1. Posted by Guest | August 30, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Wonder what he will offer Obama when he loses? Everyone is always looking for that perfect contrarian!

  2. Posted by GM-Laid-Me-Off | August 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Could buy a lot of lotto tickets with $30mil

  3. Posted by 25thHourTrader | August 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    You're doing it wrong JR. Instead of paying talented people lots of money to work for you, you should pay them less than minimum wage so they leave and make a lot of money for someone else.

    -Barclays energy desk which now has more janitors than traders

  4. Posted by pazzo83 | August 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    You think they'll be looking for a community organizer?

  5. Posted by guest | August 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I turned down a $7.50 an hour job PLUS store discount at Best Buy when I was in high school in order to run for class president, but you don't hear me bragging.

  6. Posted by Sneor_Alpha | August 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Must be nice to be white.

  7. Posted by guest | August 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Would you rather

    A) Be President of the USA or

    B) Have Mad Cow Disease

  8. Posted by Guesticle | August 30, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    We don't?

  9. Posted by Momentus | August 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    It is.

  10. Posted by Cows | August 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    This must be the udderly perplexing final round interview question at Moodys that has cowed many a once proud applicant into submitting to a life of MBS rating.

  11. Posted by derpies | August 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    +1 for using cow as a verb

  12. Posted by güest | August 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    What does this have to do with pretty woman???

    – OWS Sr. Analyst

  13. Posted by Cocky Fuck | August 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    I once told circuit city that I would need a company car when they reposded to my application for x-mas help.

  14. Posted by Guest | August 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    JR shoulda brought Jay-Z, some hookers and blow with him.

    –UBS NBA Quant

  15. Posted by Mike Tyson | August 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Tiger management isn't as easy as you think.

  16. Posted by Sean | August 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Did Mitt wake up with a Tiger's head in his bed after it was all said and done?

    -Guy who is mixing up Jungle Book with The Godfather.

  17. Posted by Guest | August 30, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I learned the hard way that you really have to keep him on the practice tee and out of Perkins.

    – M. Steinberg

  18. Posted by Richy | August 30, 2012 at 3:10 PM


    – Cecil Rhodes

  19. Posted by just sayin... | August 30, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    you should eat your brains with some fava beans and a nice chianti

  20. Posted by 28 bps later | August 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Please, don't make any jokes about eating brains, tyia.

    -Guy ready to drive a stake through one of his screens if someone posts one of those god damn Zombie comments.

  21. Posted by Guest | August 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I once took a pair of binoculars and stared at the sun for over a hour.

  22. Posted by FKApmco | August 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    -Siegfried & Roy

  23. Posted by güest | August 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Thats for vampires, bro, you're mixing them up, the zombies have gotten to your head.

  24. Posted by Jet Fuel Buyer | August 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    "Barclays energy desk…….." Oh shit, ha ha ha ha ha…………..thanks…needed a laugh.

  25. Posted by Wesley Pipes | August 30, 2012 at 3:54 PM

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  26. Posted by PermaGuestII | August 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM


    -Field Marshal Lord Roberts of Kandahar

  27. Posted by L. Tilton | August 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I should give him tips. It usually works when I make people offers they can't refuse.

    – Lynnnie

  28. Posted by Not Happy To Be Here | August 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Having an uncle actually named Bob on the other hand, kind of overrated.

    -Random private at Kandahar

  29. Posted by Syria | August 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Hey !

  30. Posted by John E. Corzine | August 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    or european debt

  31. Posted by White Man | August 30, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    sunburns a bitch

  32. Posted by Tony Montana | August 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    all you cunts got that from me.

    thats who

  33. Posted by F T | August 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    It is true that Romney appears to have steered Bain away from any vice investments of any kind.

    He specifically stated that he would not invest in companies involved in alcohol, cigs, guns or gambling.

    More or less a pioneer social investing PE fund if you can string that phrase together.

  34. Posted by Hi Hun | August 30, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    look at your last paycheck

    -your fucking wife

  35. Posted by guest | August 30, 2012 at 4:51 PM


  36. Posted by Elin Nordegren | August 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I concur.

  37. Posted by guest | August 30, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    yeah, for sure.

  38. Posted by Tru Dat | August 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    It's the whole tiger vs eldrick thing.

    You can take the…

  39. Posted by Romney | August 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    point being this guy is different in some ways that he doesn't discuss

  40. Posted by güest | August 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    You can have MY tip, babe

    – W. Buffett

  41. Posted by FaF | August 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Every man tries to live up to his fathers dreams, or to correct his fathers mistakes. In my case, both may be true…

    — Barak Obama, from Paul Stuart advertising
    — Mitt Romney, co-signed

  42. Posted by UFO | August 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Balls? How about a CEO with the balls to tell shareholders to shut up and let him run the company? Maximizing shareholder value hasn't worked out so well compared to the banks that focused more on…..running their businesses intelligently.

    – guy with balls who states the fucking obvious

  43. Posted by Wittyfull | August 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    He didn't take it because a golden parachute wasn't offered with the job

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