If the private equity firm is really serious about an IPO of SeaWorld, these guys are obviously the best people to peddle the company’s wares. For all we know, last month’s visit was a dry run of the roadshow presentation. [Bloomberg]
A couple of SeaWorld employees during yesterday’s visit to Blackstone, which owns the animal theme parks/oceanariums/marine mammal burlesque theaters/what have you. Whether it was nerves over being in the presence of the boss or simply a matter of not being housebroken, the duo “left some unsolicited presents on a carpet and a conference table,” Dealbook reported, which seems a bit uncalled for to us. They were embarrassed enough! No need to tell the whole world. Read more »
By now you’ve probably heard about the killer whale, Tilikum, that savagely murdered an SeaWorld employee today in front of a packed audience (according to a guest, the trainer was “thrashed around pretty good” and at one point, one of her shoes flew off). A devastating tragedy, and something that perhaps calls for an avenging. By whom? Stephen Schwarzman, ’cause Blackstone owns SeaWorld.