A couple of weeks ago, the folks who run Janus Capital were surprised to learn that most of the money pouring into Bill Gross’ Unconstrained Bond Fund was coming from his broker. More than half of the $1.4 billion managed by the fund, in fact.
Were Bill’s friends, colleagues and neighbors flocking to him in a nine-figure show of support for their unconscionably dethroned king? Not exactly. The full story is that every single penny of that more than $700 million is Bill’s own, which means he’s set up a pretty sweet little family office for himself inside Janus’ new Newport Beach office.
Is Janus concerned by this not-entirely-surprising turn of events? Not in the slightest. Read more »
Bill Gross said he was fired from Pacific Investment Management Co., the first time he has publicly stated that he was dismissed from the firm he co-founded in 1971…Gross said he visited a neighbor, a retired air force general, after his exit from Pimco. As he was leaving, the retired general said Gross should have visited six months earlier because he could have taught him the first rule of the military. “I said, ‘what’s that?’ and he said: ‘watch your back,’” Gross said. [Bloomberg]
In the weeks that followed, Gross tried to close ranks. He spent more than 20 minutes before a firm-wide meeting to discuss the media scrutiny that had beset the company, a speech in which he disparaged El-Erian, according to two people. When he ended to a standing ovation from the audience, including Hodge and Ivascyn, at least one executive declined to rise. Thimons, a managing director outspoken in his objections to Gross’s leadership, disagreed with his comments and refused to stand, according to a person who was present. El-Erian’s departure had prompted media scrutiny and reports of clashes between El-Erian and Gross. The Wall Street Journal cited one example where Gross complained that El-Erian wouldn’t let him run the firm’s entire $2 trillion in assets…To stop the reports, Gross set up interrogations of members of the investment committee, managing directors, and lower-ranking money managers. He carried around a three-ring binder of printed-out e-mails and hand-written notes to find out who was talking to the press. Among his suspects were Balls, a former journalist, and Thimons, the executive who had remained seated during the standing ovation and who had organized a going-away party for El-Erian. — Bloomberg News, December 3, 2014
Security camera footage of the office break room showing a young trader offering El-Erian a bite of his sandwich?
Eyewitness accounts of a member of the investment committee shaking El-Erian’s hand on his last day of work?
Chicken scratch that said something about how he was almost sure he saw two executive assistants mocking the birthday party he’d held for Bob The Cat last year. He was on the other side of the room so “not positive” but can read lips so pretty certain?
If George Soros, whose fund threw Gross a couple of nickels earlier this week, had any doubts about his investment with the former Pimco CEO, they have been assuaged. Not only has Gross pledged his undying stewardship of Soros’s capital but he’s promised to watch over the money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter what. Should Soros have any questions, any questions at all, he should feel free, nay, encouraged to give Bill a call, day or night (obviously it goes without saying that Gross has assigned him a special ringtone and programmed Soros’s number to ring through regardless of any Do Not Disturb settings). Read more »
Bill Gross is a legendary bond investor who co-founded Pacific Investment Management in 1971. He once referred to himself as the Secretariat (as in, the thoroughbred horse) of investing and, at PIMCO, was known for discouraging employees from speaking to him or looking him in the eye. In 2014, he joined Janus Capital Management after a series of, let’s just call them “incidents” led senior employees to tell management is us or this guy.
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The compensation committee keeps the minutes of its meetings private, but considering that Gross far surpassed any expectations parent company Allianz might’ve set in the aforementioned areas, it seems obvious crows1 and alienation figured significantly in his 2013 pay. Read more »