Jim Rogers

North Korea had enough gold to make 20 coins. And Jim Rogers bought most of them—because he’s pretty sure North Korea won’t be making any more gold coins. Read more »

It can’t be a coincidence that perhaps the greatest 8-K ever filed was filed at 5:07pm on July 3:

In connection with the Merger described in Item 2.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K and pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, effective as of the effective time of the Merger, William D. Johnson, the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy, was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Energy.

Mr. Johnson, age 58, was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy, from October 2007 through July 2, 2012. … Mr. Johnson previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Progress Energy, from January 2005 to October 2007.

Mr. Johnson subsequently resigned as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Energy. See disclosure below under the heading “Resignation of Mr. Johnson and Reappointment of Mr. Rogers.”

I have no way of researching this but I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s unlikely that any company has ever previously announced the hiring and firing of a CEO within three paragraphs of each other in the same 8-K, with an employment agreement dated June 27 and a separation agreement dated July 2. This is not, of course, just a case of hiring a young whippersnapper who seemed full of potential and then finding him injecting heroin in the executive bathroom on his first day on the job; there seems to be some more Machiavellian maneuvering going on. Duke and Progress completed a stock-for-stock merger this week, forming the new Duke Energy; the deal gave Duke shareholders 63% of the combined company and 11 of the 18 new directors, including the executive chairman, while Progress’s CEO was set to be president and CEO of the combined company. Which, and expect to hear this argued in all seriousness in court: he totally was for five days! The Journal has more: Read more »

One thing many tend to forget when thinking about multi-billionaires is that multi-billionaires are people too. People who just want to be loved. People who just want to feel good about themselves. People who just want to be beautiful. And just because they are worth mucho dinero does not necessarily mean that when they look in the mirror, they like what they see back. So they try and improve their appearances, thinking a tighter ass or more sculpted calves or higher cheekbones will make them happy and when things don’t pan out like they’d hoped, they get a little upset. Take Jim Rogers, for instance. He supposedly wanted movie star teeth. So he went to his dentist in Singapore and had a new set put in and when they started falling out, well, can you really blame him for storming the office and making a scene? Read more »

  • 11 Jun 2012 at 5:55 PM

If You Love China So Much Why Don’t You Marry It?

…is a thing people, knowing his position on the country, have probably asked Jim Rogers before.  And don’t think he hasn’t thought of it! Unfortunately, the investor is spoken for. Having said that, Rogers is thrilled at the prospect of his daughters’, ages 4 and 9 years-old, marrying one of China’s native sons and is currently accepting applications from potential suitors. Read more »

  • 11 Jun 2012 at 1:20 PM

Jim Rogers Would’ve Told Spain To Take A Hike

On Monday, investors breathed a sigh of relief after the EU agreed to lend $125 billion to Spain’s banks. But billionaire investor Jim Rogers wasn’t relieved. He thinks the bailout is misguided – even the worst possible thing that could have happened. “Let them go bankrupt. Let them all go bankrupt!” he exclaimed on CNBC…Not only does he think it’s absurd, he’s all but certain the EU is making a bad situation worse. “The solution to too much debt is not more debt! This is most insane thing I’ve ever heard. It’s going to make the collapse, when it comes even worse – be careful. No, don’t be careful,” he added. “Be worried.” [CNBC]

In addition, Rogers went on to say he was long the U.S. dollar. “The only reason I’m long…is because everybody in the world, including me, has been terribly pessimistic. And whenever that happens you should take the other side of the trade. So I’m long the U.S. dollar, I have no confidence in it, its going to be a disaster, but as we speak I own probably more U.S. dollars then I’ve owned in years, and certainly more than any other currency.” [CNBC]

  • 08 Aug 2011 at 12:15 PM

Jim Rogers: Just Give Up Already

“It seems to me it’s physically, humanly impossible for the U.S. to ever pay off its debt ,” Rogers said. “They can roll it over and continue to play the charade, but the U.S. is bankrupt.” [CNBC]

  • 11 Jul 2011 at 3:32 PM

Answer: The Deficit Talks, The Dollar, Tim Geithner

Question: What are things Jim Rogers thinks sucks? Read more »