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

“It is not the role of Herbalife’s auditor to determine if the company is a pyramid scheme. Rather, that determination depends on whether distributors earn more from recruiting new distributors than from retail sales to consumers who are not distributors. The few Herbalife distributors that make money earn the vast majority of their profits from recruiting. Herbalife is a pyramid scheme that will be shut down by regulators.” [Earlier]

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]

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]

Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman appeared on Bloomberg Television for an hour today from the Robin Hood Investors Conference in New York, telling Bloomberg TV’s Stephanie Ruhle that he’ll take his Herbalife bet “to the end of the earth” even as he has lost $400-$500 million on the investment. He also said that Herbalife longs are all 80-year old billionaires. Carl Icahn responded to Ackman in a conversation with Bloomberg TV’s Trish Regan, saying: “I fail to understand how Bill Ackman, whom I haven’t spoken to for years, nor do I intend to speak to, would know what I am or am not committed to. I continue to believe Herbalife has a great future, and in my opinion many of the things Ackman says about it are simply the rantings of a sore loser…Interestingly there is something that Ackman and I have in common. Ackman complained at an Oxford conference that every time I went on TV and mentioned Herbalife, the stock went up a few points. Well, that’s also true of him.” Read more »

“We get involved on the board. We don’t micromanage and interestingly we get invited back because we’re not a disturbance or a disruption. And Hanes is a good example — we bought it at 20 and it’s now at 80. And I think the CEO will say that in the beginning he was wary of us but he said that we helped him quite a bit. And Motorola I think I still stay friendly with Greg Brown (chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc.) who says we helped him. I think this model must be used in this country if we are going to remain competitive. One of the major reasons I think for the fact that we have unemployment is and we don’t compete is the mediocrity of so many of our managements and so many of our boards. I want to make it clear that there are some very good managers and some very good boards. But generally, it’s amazing how badly these companies are run.” [Reuters]