hedge fund managers

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has given many momentous presentations in his day: the unveiling of his Herbalife short, his highly emotional address of Target shareholders, and all matters of MBIA. But believe him when he says such things will absolutely pale in comparison to tomorrow’s event. Forget the thousands of hours he’s already spent publicly lambasting Herbalife’s business practices in the past. THIS is the one you REALLY have to listen to. It will be the final word on diet shakes. Read more »

You could also one day read about Griffin signing with the Bulls as their new shooting guard but, again… Read more »

By day, Jeff Klaips manages a construction clean-up company in a Chicago suburb, but he’s also looking to make a pretty penny from the sale of BillAckman.com and WilliamAckman.com. He’s been trying to pique the interest of the Pershing Square Capital Management founder-or someone who’d like to use his name. Klaips already made a profit from EddieLampert.com, the name of the ESL founder. Inspired by seeing Lampert on CNBC, Klaips says he purchased the domain name on an impulse in 2004…On New Year’s Eve this past year, he received an email from an IT person who works for ESL and was looking to purchase the EddieLampert.com site. Klaips had initially asked $9,000 for the domain, but the hedge fund representative talked him down to $4,200…Ackman has not been willing to deal. [Absolute Return]

Last August, a report came out claiming that Raj Rajaratnam was having the time of his life in prison. As someone who went to great lengths to avoid going to jail (not so much by staying on the right side of securities laws but by paying a high-priced lawyer to accuse people churning out supposedly slanted coverage of his client of “sucking [U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York] Preet Barhara’s teat“), this revelation came as a surprise. As a hedge fund billionaire who’d grown used to a luxurious lot in which he paid many people to keep him comfortable and content, there was an expectation that life on the inside would come as a rude awakening. And, yet, the report claimed that Raj was “reigning like a king,” “doing his time in the lap of luxury compared to other inmates,” with a set-up that included:

  • A private toilet
  • A shared balcony
  • An adjustable bed
  • “A very delightful guy doing all sorts of stuff for him– sort of like a ‘manservant’”
  • An inmate who cooks for him using a microwave when he “doesn’t want to hoof it to the dining hall”

Unfortunately for anyone anticipating doing time on the inside, all of these perks apparently come at a cost, according to a guy who claims Raj had to pay a number people off to arrange the manservant and en-suite, among other things. Read more »

From 2006-2011, former soap opera star Adriana Ferreyr was the “on-again, off-again” girlfriend of hedge fund manager George Soros. As the story goes, toward the end of their relationship, Soros promised Ferreyr her “dream” apartment on East 85th Street, broke up with her a day after the place went into contract, texted her “what are you up to?”1 one night a few weeks later, and then, after going over to her place to “reconcile,” whispered in her ear that he’d given her apartment away to another woman (who would later become his wife). Since then, Ferreyr has demonstrated time and time again that she’s packing a serious pair, but no more so than today. Before we get into that, though, a brief recap of Ferrey’rs balls in action:

So, she’s obviously holding out for a lot more than $1 million, but how much? The dream apartment was worth $1.9 million, would that do the trick? $2 million? $3 million? A nice round five? Apparently the answer is none of the above. Read more »

  • 19 Jun 2014 at 1:17 PM

Phil Falcone Doesn’t Have To Take This Abuse

Philip Falcone resigned from the board of LightSquared Inc., the bankrupt wireless-spectrum owner he has tried to build into a rival to U.S. mobile providers, amid negotiations with creditors to reorganize the company. Falcone and four other people appointed to the board by his Harbinger Capital Partners voluntarily resigned on June 12, according to a letter filed with the Federal Communications Commission and posted on the agency’s website. Falcone, 51, had been fighting to keep control of the company throughout its two years in bankruptcy. At one point, Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charles Ergen made a $2.22 billion offer for its assets, only to withdraw the bid at the last minute. Falcone accused Ergen of acquiring LightSquared debt improperly to game the bankruptcy process. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman rejected a Falcone-backed reorganization plan in May, saying it was largely unfair to Ergen, while she also faulted Ergen’s behavior during the case. Since then, LightSquared and its creditors have entered court-supervised mediation to work out a new plan. [Bloomberg]

  • 06 Jun 2014 at 11:51 AM

Hedge Fund Manager Puts Goats To Work

Mark Spitznagel, the founder of the $6 billion hedge fund Universa Investments, on Thursday brought 20 billy goats to graze among abandoned homes and general detritus in Brightmoor, one of Detroit’s most blighted neighborhoods. Not to be outdone by JPMorgan Chase, the country’s biggest bank, which recently pledged to invest $100 million to help Detroit over the next five years, Mr. Spitznagel says he is contributing directly to the community. “It’s an urban farming experiment,” he said of his plan to leave his goats to roam and munch on overgrown grass. “Goats are an effective way to do landscaping,” he added…Mr. Spitznagel will enlist the help of the community — paying previously unemployed adults and enlisting the help of local youths to herd the baby goats — and he plans to build portable housing for the goats in addition to pens and electric fencing. At the end of the summer, Mr. Spitznagel said, he will sell the goats to Detroit butchers and give the proceeds back to the community. [Dealbook]