The Maestro

As we’ve previously discussed, Danielle Chiesi herself as admitted she was able to get a leg up on other insider traders by making sure to have both legs up in the air while in the company of some highly placed tech executives. Having said that, she knew that with others, like the guys not interested in opening their ‘hearts‘ to women besides their wives, a different tactic was necessary to get them to spill.

“They’re gonna guide down,” Chiesi told Raj Rajaratnam, according to a wiretap of their conversation on July 24, 2008, six days before Akamai made its public announcement. “I just got a call from my guy. I was talking about the family and everything and then he said, people think it’s gonna go to 25.”

“Honey, you know what, it’s just for us,” Chiesi continued, according to the tape. “We go slow, keep shorting every day.” “I played him like a finely tuned piano,” she added.

It’s one thing to deploy one’s “sexuality to build sources at male-dominated tech companies” but it’s quite another to know when to switch gears and ask questions about how their kids are doing, all the while waiting, knowing what’s coming. That Chiesi had such skills was not the only thing that stuck out to Raj, however. He was equally if not more so impressed with the high moral character she demonstrated while obtaining material non-public information. Read more »

Animal lover

Pay a visit to that mansion, however, and it quickly becomes clear that life chez Falcone is more like a sitcom than a Cinderella remake. On a snowy day in February, Lisa Maria, whose olive green cargo pants and cardigan are neatly color coordinated with a hefty heart-shaped emerald ring, is nuzzling her pet pig, Wilbur, while a cat purrs in the corner and a veritable flock of tiny dogs yaps away behind a baby gate. “I just love animals, I can’t help it!” she shouts over the delighted squeals of the pig, who is being fed a carrot by the cook. Wilbur, Falcone says, can play the piano and will perform spins if prompted with a Cheerio. “I used to walk him to the park until one day I had somebody taking a picture of me and the pig,” she says. “I thought, Oh, my God! I can see it now. My husband will lose his whole business, and it will be me, the pig, five dogs, a cat and my daughters out on the street, no place to live!”

Lisa Marie Falcone: Uptown Girl [W via Heidi Moore]