super heroes

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    Claim: Sam Israel’s Investors Gave Him Money Because They Liked Animal-Loving Cokeheads Who Looked Good In Women’s Underwear And Cowboy Boots

    Investors gave Bernie Madoff money because they trusted him. They gave Sam Israel money because they liked him—a gregarious, disarming goofball who, as a Wall Street apprentice, had invented an alter ego he called Captain Proton, a fearless superhero whose special powers were granted by vodka and cocaine. Now in his forties, he lived in a Westchester mansion, rented from Donald Trump for $22,000 a month, with an adjacent chapel in which he had built a replica of the Bayou trading floor alongside an 800-­gallon saltwater fish tank and a menagerie of rare reptiles. He’d also installed a high-end studio for jam sessions, where he’d play with the Allman Brothers’ drummer when the band was in town. He owned a fleet of Porsches and signed personal checks printed with the image of SpongeBob SquarePants…Once he’d welcomed his family home from a short trip standing in the driveway wearing cowboy boots, his wife’s bikini underwear, a lacrosse helmet, swim goggles, a life jacket, and a cape, then started screaming at his wife when she didn’t get the joke. [NYM, related]

    / Jul 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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    If Someone Wants To Create A TV Series About Heroic Economists, Paul Krugman Would Be Okay With That

    He’s not asking for it, he’s just saying, if you want to do it, it’s cool with him. A comic book would also be okay. [TCL]

    / Apr 21, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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    Help Us Design The Dollar Dominatrix Action Figure

    Late last week, Bloomberg Markets profiled AQR founder Cliff Asness, who has continued his boyhood “obsession” with comic books and their characters into adulthood. His desk in Greenwich is home to Spiderman, Captain America, The Hulk and Iron Man, he has a Captain America shield on his right bicep and he “identifies with” many a […]

    / Oct 12, 2010 at 3:52 PM
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    Looking Ahead, We’re Also Going To Need A Sidekick And A Love Interest For The Alter-Ego

    A talented DB reader submitted the following image in response to our earlier Cliff Asness post, wherein we learned the he has not only a lifelong love of but “identifies with” many a super hero, and suggested there might be a hope inside him that someone, one day, will create a character modeled after the […]

    / Oct 7, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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    See If You Can Guess The Tattoo That Appears On Cliff Asness’s Right Forearm

    These are your hints: 1) Asness is currently a Marvel comic book collector, in addition to his duties at AQR Capital 2) As we know from Scott Patterson’s The Quants, as a teenager in on Long Island, Asness was “obsessed with little besides girls and comic books” 3) Also from The Quants, the following image: […]

    / Oct 6, 2010 at 5:19 PM

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