Carl Icahn’s a pretty good judge of character. Of men, as they said in his day. Sure, there was that one time, with that Ackman guy, but even that turned out alright in the end.
Now, Carl Icahn’s a pretty busy guy. He’s also, as we may have mentioned once or twice before, 78 years old. No matter: It would be criminal for him to deny his gift for finding the right man for the job to the companies of the world, or at least the companies of his portfolio. And so he does not. And while some may have some trepidation about going to work for a company in which Icahn owns even a single share, those who take the leap assure you he’s a grandfatherly teddy bear. Read more »
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says the struggling Trump Taj Mahal casino “will almost certainly close.” The would-be purchaser of the casino told the Associated Press on Thursday night that the casino’s finances are dire. Four of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos have closed this year, and the Taj Mahal would be the fifth. Mr. Icahn, sounding very much like a man growing tired of the whole topic, said that even though he won’t back out of a deal he made with owner Trump Entertainment Resorts to acquire the Taj Mahal and pump $100 million into it, he wishes he never answered the phone when the company first called him about it. “One overriding fact is perfectly clear: The Taj is quickly running out of money and will almost certainly close,” Mr. Icahn said. [WSJ]
Carl Icahn lost $200 million yesterday on Netflix, one of those newfangled technology stocks that his son is always pushing him to invest in. Now, Carl’s not happy about, but since he already made a 457% return when he unloaded half of his shares in the company last year, he’s not calling Brett in for a spanking. A “not so fast,” an “I told you so” and a “still not quite as sharp as the old man” might, however, be in order. Read more »
Carl Icahn, his lawyers assure the bankruptcy judge, really will pour $100 million into a casino that’s losing $8 million a month. But only if he gets his way, and that way is $175 million in tax breaks and other state aid and, oh yea, the bankruptcy judge ripping up the casino’s contract with its union. And he’ll do it even if the now-contractless union goes on strike, because, really, can the Trump Taj Mahal really be a worse business without them than with them? Read more »
Carl Icahn may have dashed his son’s hope of managing other peoples’ money by the beach in Miami, but he’s still a proud papa. In between telling a company that he thinks is so well run exactly how to run things, he notes that Tim Cook and the rest of Apple have young Brett Icahn to thank for having to read the 4,000-word missive. But Brett and his partner David Schechter aren’t just keeping his dad enjoyablybusy in the sunset of his life: They’re also making him more money than he can possibly spend, even if he lives another 78 years. Read more »
At least, they hope the he’s bluffing when he says that unless union members agree to make their already-shitty jobs even shittier, he’s going to make those shitty jobs disappear, the way he made all of those shitty jobs up the boardwalk disappear earlier this year. Read more »
Thankfully, the e-commerce giant came to its senses before Ichan had to go all Queens schoolyard on its ass. The only reason he gave them an extension on his patience is because he’s actually had great success selling his knickknacks on the site. Read more »
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