Bill Ackman

Bill Gates, too. And, back in the days when there really were hobos, Warren Buffett. Alas, none found themselves with a brindle stick over their shoulders, riding the rails and steering clear of the law. Instead, the became billionaires. But those railroading dreams never died. They just turned into many, many hobo nickels, what with Pershing Square’s investment in Canadian Pacific Railway becoming… Read more »

Sure, Herbalife’s independent distributors are its entire raison d’etre, but their goddamned websites are giving Bill Ackman way too much ammunition. And since it’s apparently going to be sticking around, the diet-shake empire is going to do something about it. Read more »

Hedge fund mogul Bill Ackman has raised a record $2.7 billion for his hedge fund IPO that will start trading on the Amsterdam stock exchange later this month. Ackman set out to raise $2 billion, but the deal’s underwriters told their clients Tuesday night that the IPO was oversubscribed and to expect the size of their orders to be scaled back. The offering is expected to hit $3.07 billion, once the “green shoe” overallotment of 10 percent is exercised. Pershing Square Holdings — the offshore fund that is going public on Oct. 13 — will start with $6.2 billion, the largest such IPO ever…The IPO will give him more firepower to take on activist campaigns because Pershing Square’s permanent capital will be equal to almost half its total. [NYP]

  • 15 Sep 2014 at 3:13 PM

Break Yourself Off A Piece Of Bill Ackman Today

Hedge-fund manager William Ackman aims to raise $2 billion through the initial public offering of one of his funds on Euronext Amsterdam in a move that will provide it with steady capital. Pershing Square Holdings Ltd. said Monday that it plans to float on the Amsterdam stock exchange for $25 a share, giving it a market capitalization of at least $5 billion…The IPO comes as activist investors are embarking on a drive to take advantage of their increasing clout in boardrooms and above-average hedge-fund returns. Mr. Ackman hopes that the IPO will provide him with more permanent capital. [WSJ]

Bill Ackman Can Start Writing His Victory Speech (Maybe)

While he’s in a chatty mood vis-à-vis Allergan, the Pershing Square chief might want to tap that flow, since someone who has covered the Botox-maker for a whole year thinks he’s got this thing in the bag. More or less. Read more »

Come people: wake up! Read more »

Bill Ackman’s Magical Year Continues

By no means has everything gone right for the Pershing Square Capital Management chief in 2014. His whole Herbalife-destroying performance actually lost him money, for one. But it’s pretty much the only thing that has lost him money this year. Sure, Allergan told him to piss off. But then the courts told Allergan to piss off itself and told Bill they’d be happy to hear what he had to say when he wanted to say it. Oh yea and he’s still way up on that whole mess, anyway. And just when he got to suing the government for refusing to do what he wants with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (and then suing them again), Burger King decided to buy a Canadian icon for tax purposes, making him a whole bunch more money. So, yea, Bill’s feeling pretty good right now. Read more »