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Two years ago, like a modern day Noah, Nicholas Jacinto arrived at the townhouse of billionaire Phillip Falcone with a menagerie of exotic animals. He carted a sloth, a king snake, a lemur, a marmocet, a hedgehog and a Brazilian aardvark into the hedge fund king’s $50 million Upper East Side home to set up for a birthday party. Jacinto had been hired to provide the entertainment, displaying the rare critters to gawking guests. But before the show could start, city Health Department inspectors swooped in. They ticketed Jacinto, a state and federally licensed wildlife expert, for not having a city permit for the animals, and sent him packing back to his Long Island farm with his tail between his legs. “It was a huge embarrassment what the department did to me,” he recalled. DNAinfo New York, January 21, 2014

Wilbur adjusted the towel around her head. She took a long drag off her Lucky Strike and stared out onto East 67th Street. Phil hated when she smoked in the house, so she’d cracked the bathroom window and had the fan going. But honestly, she didn’t much care what Phil thought right now.

Had she wanted to perform at the children’s birthday? No. Of course not. She wasn’t their monkey and she didn’t do children’s birthdays. But the fact that he’d made the call immediately after their fight felt especially cruel. Things weren’t great with them but she never thought he’d go out of his way to hurt her.

She flicked the rest of her cigarette out the window and stared at her pores in the mirror. Phil used to tease her for spending hours scrutinizing her skin. Lately, though, he hadn’t said anything. Maybe he was no longer paying attention. Maybe he’d noticed the fine lines where things were once smooth, and hoped she would, too. She knew it was ridiculous, but she couldn’t help but feeling like he was trading her in for a new model.

There was a knock at the door. “Wilbur, can I come in?” Phil asked from the other side.

After all of their fights, the big ones and the small ones, no matter what had been said, no matter how many objects were thrown (Wilbur) or how many tears were shed (Phil), they’d always found their way back to each other eventually. Wilbur was still hurting, but she was ready to hear what Phil had to say, ready to move on. In a couple hours the guests would be arriving, and a little while after that they’d sing Happy Birthday and eat cake, and Wilbur would do her standard, “Are you one, are you two, are you three…” In spite of herself, she was actually looking a little bit forward to the animal display.

She opened the door, ready to reconcile. But Phil didn’t come in. He stood at the threshold, without a hint on contrition on his face or in his bearing. There was no sign that he’d been crying at all. Read more »

Those of you who keep close tabs on Texas hedge fund manager James Dondero know that he has been battling his ex-wife Becky Dondero over how much money he owes her for some time now. Complicating things slightly is a related suit/countersuit involving a former Highland Capital Management employee , Patrick Daughtery, who was sued by Dondero after he testified on behalf of Becky, claiming that over drinks, his boss told him he planned to “get his net worth down and pay her as little as possible.” In the suit, Dondero claimed that Daughtery made the story up to get back at Dondero/Highland for compensation that was never paid out, in addition to alleging that that Daugherty had suffered brain damage. Anyway, jury selection for the Dondero/Daughtery trial started yesterday, and the judge presiding over the case is not gonna lie: he’s looking forward to the juicy details. Read more »

No one took a bite at $115 million but at 98, this thing’ll practically sell itself! Read more »

Billionare David Tepper’s hedge fund firm, Appaloosa Management, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013 and it’s turning into a year to remember for the former Goldman Sachs trader. Tepper’s big Palomino hedge fund posted net returns of 37.86% through the end of November…The Standard & Poor’s 500 index returned 29.1% this year through November. [Forbes, Related: David Tepper Has A Message For Jon Corzine]

  • 06 Dec 2013 at 6:09 PM

Christmas Come Early For John Paulson

Billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson posted gains in his firm’s main strategies in November, in part from an investment in Extended Stay America Inc., according to two people familiar with the matter. Paulson’s event-driven Advantage fund surged 13 percent in November and 30 percent this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private…Paulson Partners Enhanced Fund, the leveraged version of the firm’s merger-arbitrage strategy, gained 2.3 percent in November and 28 percent this year, the people said. Paulson Partners increased 1.2 percent last month and 16 percent year-to-date. The Recovery Fund, which seeks to benefit from growth in the economy, is the firm’s best-performing strategy in 2013. The fund rose 6.5 percent in November, bringing returns since the start of the year to 55 percent, according to the people. The Paulson Credit Opportunities Fund increased 3.2 percent last month, bringing returns for 2013 to 20 percent, the people said. Paulson’s Advantage Plus fund, which seeks to profit from corporate events such as takeovers and bankruptcies and uses leverage, rose 6 percent in November and 28 percent this year, according to the people. [Bloomberg]

Bill Ackman Actually Pretty Good At Running A Hedge Fund

He’s up 10%, in spite of, you know, those setbacks. Read more »

  • 02 Dec 2013 at 11:52 AM

Donald Trump Discovers Pre-Nup He Doesn’t Like

The hard-charging wife of Dallas hedge-fund mogul James Dondero is proving to be as relentless as her husband in their epic divorce battle. Rebecca “Becky” Dondero, 32, plans to try a novel legal tack to get her estranged husband to cough up more cash than a $5 million prenuptial payout, according to sources. Last month, a Dallas state court jury determined that Becky was not entitled to more money under family divorce proceedings. At the trial, each argued that the other had violated terms of their prenup. The jury decided that both sides had breached the agreement but that it would remain in effect. A new trial is set for June 9 to decide if Becky is entitled to the full $5 million. To get around the maximum, however, she is preparing to claim under general contract law — as opposed to family law — that she is still entitled to damages because the jury determined that he breached the prenuptial contract, sources said. “Ms. Dondero’s demands over two years of negotiation varied between four and eight times the amounts stipulated in the prenuptial agreement and culminated in her filing 11 separate motions to invalidate the prenuptial agreement,” James Dondero said in the statement. Meanwhile, Becky, who declined to comment on the case, has a surprising ally. Donald Trump — no stranger to divorce court — sent her a note wishing her well and making it known that he was no fan of her husband’s, sources said. [NYP, earlier]