Eddie Lampert

The Sears/ESL Investments CEO has chosen to antagonize his former investors rather than his continuing investors, paying out the former’s redemption requests with shares of a company he owns rather than in the cash they wanted, so as to avoid having the latter face a higher tax bill. Unfortunately, there were so many of the former, and he had to give away so many shares, that it is now no longer accurate to say that Lampert owns Sears. He now merely owns most of it.

Who else is looking forward to Sears’ annual meeting? Read more »

Eddie Lampert: Investor-Relations Wiz Kid

Curious about that surge in AutoNation trading volume this week? Well, I’m going to venture a theory, anyway: It may have something to do with ESL Investments’ continuing campaign to teach redeeming shareholders to be careful what they wish for. Read more »

Overtime that was not for naught! Thanks to labor laws protecting LBBs, Tepper took home $2.2 billion last year. Other people who made some money in 2012: Read more »

  • 12 Jun 2012 at 12:48 PM

Eddie Lampert Bids Greenwich Adieu

Eddie Lampert is relocating ESL Investments to Miami, according to a regulatory filing today. The move follow his purchase earlier this year of a seven-bedroom mansion in Florida’s Biscayne Bay for almost $40 million. ESL President William Crowley will not make the move “for personal reasons,” according to a spokesman for ESL. [Bloomberg Brief]

  • 30 Mar 2012 at 2:37 PM

When Lucky Brass Balls Fail

“Of the top 25 earners of 2010, 15 did not make this year’s list [of highest paid hedge fund managers]. Among them: Appaloosa’s David Tepper, whose Palomino fund fell 3.33 percent, and Edward Lampert of ESL Partners, which plunged 12 percent on big losses from Sears Holdings. Mr. Tepper did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for ESL declined to comment. Mr. Paulson — the $5 billion manager in 2010 — failed to make the list this time. One of his largest funds lost more than 50 percent, after bets on the economic recovery soured. A spokesman for Paulson declined to comment.” [Dealbook, AR, related: "Mr. Tepper keeps a brass replica of a pair of testicles in a prominent spot on his desk...He rubs the gift for luck during the trading day."]

As those of you’ve been paying very careful attention may have noticed, Wall Street is pretty into tech these days. Morgan Stanley is underwriting every single IPO available, Goldman Sachs has money in Mark Zuckerberg’s poking machine and LinkedIn is making Jim Cramer’s head explode. Hedge funds, however, want more. While Peter Thiel famously invested in Facebook way back when, and Tiger Global has poured cash into a whole bunch of sites, the industry as a whole wants a piece of these companies and not just after they become (alleged) successes.

A handful of hedge funds already had a history of such investments, but the activity has increased recently as investors try to cash in on the surging valuations of Facebook Inc., LinkedIn Corp., Zynga Inc., Groupon Inc. and a smattering of smaller companies…In the past 12 to 18 months, firms including D.E. Shaw & Co., Maverick Capital, Brookside Capital and Tudor Ventures, as well as hedge-fund investor James Pallotta, have joined Tiger in putting more money into promising yet risky tech companies. Starting last summer, Tiger began ramping up its investments in private companies in India, China, Brazil, Russia and other emerging markets. This year alone, it has invested in six Indian start-ups, including consumer electronics retailer LetsBuy.com, online fashion site Exclusively.in, and online bookseller Flipkart…Edward Lampert, the hedge-fund investor who controls Sears Holdings Corp., has become interested in private tech companies too. He recently assigned Daniel Levine, an analyst at his hedge fund, ESL Investments, to look for opportunities.

Sounds great, right? Well it would be except for the fact that some people are apparently too good for hedge fund money. Despite the fact that the firms are willing to throw hundreds of millions at them and open doors to sophisticated investors, these people are “suspicious” and skeptical of what hedge funds want and what their intentions are and whether or not they are literally the devil. Read more »

  • 01 Apr 2011 at 10:22 AM

Highest Paid Hedge Fund Managers Slipped In 2010

10. Paul Tudor Jones (Tudor Investment Corp): 440 million
9. George Soros (Soros Fund Management): 450 million
8. Bruce Kovner (Caxton Associates): 640 million
7. Carl Icahn (Icahn Management): 900 million
6. Eddie Lampert (ESL Investments): 1.1 billion
5. Steve Cohen (SAC Capital): 1.3 billion
4. David Tepper: 2.2 billion
3. Jim Simons (Renaissance Technologies): 2.5 billion
2. Ray Dalio (Bridgewater Associates): 3.1 billion
1. John Paulson (Paulson and Co): 4.9 billion

Best Paid Hedge Fund Managers [AR Magazine]