William Ackman

Bill Ackman Knows How To Fix Herbalife

First thing you do....If he cared only for himself, he’d keep the secret of turning a pyramid scheme into a legitimate business to himself. But the Pershing Square chief is back in the black vis-à-vis HLF, and feeling generous. So, here’s his recipe for success, as laid out in a kindly letter to Herbalife’s new compliance chief:

Step One: Throw everything out.

Step Two: Start over and build something that doesn’t violate every law on the books and every clause of the constitution and every tenet of human decency. Read more »

Herbalife Exec Not Too Worried About FTC Probe

The diet shake and supplement company CFO is pretty sure the Herbalife name will be cleared. Read more »

And whether or not they deserve the speedy attention of a court in Santa Ana, Calif. How’s a week from Wednesday sound? Read more »

FTC Toying With Bill Ackman’s Emotions

If you hadn’t previously heard, Pershing Square Capital Management’s Bill Ackman thinks that nutritional supplements company Herbalife is a big scam, a belief that has cost him (and his investors) a half-billion dollars. Nevertheless, he has stated that he remains confident that the white knights at the Federal Trade Commission will eventually ride in on their white horses and shut Herbalife down, thereby vindicating his belief that one day, Herbalife shares will be worth nothing, rather than more and more with each passing day.

Imagine his excitement, then, to read yesterday that FTC was cracking down on bogus weight-loss products. Well, Bill undoubtedly thought to himself, Herbalife sells a whole range of bogus weight-loss products! Alas, if the Pershing Square founder is still looking for the name “Herbalife” among the companies who paid the FTC $34 million to go away, he will be doing so for some time to come. Read more »