Not back in the day, when Icahn was running the Southeastern Queens chapter of the Jewish Crips and not today, as the elder hedge fund manager presumably maintains ties with the organization, whose members stay current on his various investing nemeses and won’t hesitate to fuck someone up.
Icahn does not even need to be prompted about Ackman. “Ackman would not have lasted long on the streets of Far Rockaway,” Icahn volunteers. “One thing that makes Bill Ackman the opposite of me is that to be a true winner you have to learn to win gracefully. Ackman will never be able to do this.”
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, on the other hand, never has to worry about paying for a drink in the old neighborhood, or having to tip the stickman at the corner craps game.
“We like Reed Hastings,” says Icahn. “I told him when a guy makes me 800 million bucks, I don’t punch him in the mouth.”