See How Your NCAA Brackets Match Up Against 36 Supposed Prediction-Making Experts

Bill Ackman likes Duke and Kentucky for the final, Paul Tudor Jones favors Virginia and Arizona. Meanwhile, will Vikram Pandit show all those Citi execs who never believed in him with Gonzaga (2) v Kentucky (1)?
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A whole bunch of hedge fund managers, corporate CEOs, business news anchors, former mayors of New York, and ex-Citigroup chief executive officers have entered Bloomberg's March Madness tournament pool. Each participant put up $10,000, with the proceeds going to the winner's choice of charity. Herewith, some picks of interest, including those of Vikram Pandit, whose bracket, should he win, will be photocopied and sent to all the Citi brass who didn't have his back way back when, with a note reading "Do you like apples? Well I just destroyed my NCAA tournament pool, how do you like dem apples?"

* Bill Ackman: Duke (1) v Kentucky (1)
* Kyle Bass: Duke (1) v Kentucky (1)
* Mike Bloomberg: Duke (1) v Kentucky (1)
* Jim Chanos: Duke (1) v Kentucky (1)
* Gary Cohn: Duke (1) v Wisconsin (1)
* Jimmy Dunne: Villanova (1) v Notre Dame (3)
* David Einhorn: Duke (1) v Wisconsin (1)
* Richard Handler: Gonzaga (2) v Wisconsin (1)
* Paul Tudor Jones: Virgina (2) v Arizona (2)
* Steve Kuhn: Villanova (1) v Kentucky (1)
* Marc Lasry: Gonzaga (2) v Kentucky (1)
* Howard Marks: Duke (1) v Kentucky (1)
* Mike Novogratz: Iowa State (3) v Kentucky (1)
* Vikram Pandit: Gonzaga (2) v Kentucky (1)

Bloomberg's Brackets for a Cause [Bloomberg]

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A Brief Update From Your Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge Manager

Some stats and a message about life from Pool Manager NakedShort: "We currently have two overall leader, with 50 points. Congrats to "Golden West" and "Mike Courtney," who had nice opening weekends." Some other top performer stats: 4 people are tied with 49 points 8 are at 48 (1 unlucky entrant picked Missouri to win) 7 are at 47 (Missouri and Duke each fucked one of you) 12 are at 46 (none of you picked any current losers!) "iluvmatt" is leading the 44s The remaining 800 or so are frankly are horrible and should stop watching basketball entirely. For those unlucky souls who had their winner lose this weekend, turn up the speakers and join us in a good cry.

A Final Update And Cautionary Tale From Your Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge Manager

This is Pool Manager NakedShort, signing off until next year: "Tied for first are 'HeyConnah' and 'Shawn S.' Both have Kansas winning, while HeyConnah predicts a final aggregate score of 125 and Shawn S puts it at 128. If Kentucky prevails tonight, 'Benjamin W.' will be the new owner of, among other things, some awesome swag; he has Kentucky winning it all and is currently in sole possession of second place. On a personal note, I've been a huge KU fan my entire life and I am a little (a lot) pissy about there being no possible way for me-- currently tied for 7th-- to win. What I'm saying is..." "KANSAS OWES ME AT LEAST A TITLE to compensate for the fact that I will not be taking home the DBNCAATC trophy. That said, it's probably for the best: the last time I won a bracket pool and KU won the title in the same night I got so drunk I blacked out and according to my wife, came into the bedroom and yelled 'Fuck You Roy (Williams),' before vomiting all over the area rug and passing out. Needless to say she was not a happy camper cleaning the mess while being 5 months pregnant. Good luck to our leaders and may the odds be forever in your favor."

Citigroup Investors Don't Care About Making Vikram Pandit Smile

[caption id="attachment_73871" align="alignleft" width="234" caption="Y'all can kiss this ear to ear grin good-bye"][/caption] In the spring of 2010, almost exactly two years ago to date, the New York Times reported that some of Vikram Pandit's top lieutenants had noticed "a new bounce in his step" and "a smile on his face," with one executive speculating that the Citi CEO's cheer could be attributed to the fact that he was starting to "see the day when he will earn more than $1 a year" within reach. On January 18, 2011, that day came. After essentially not receiving a salary since 2008, when he pledged to abstain from getting paid until Citi turned a profit, the board of directors approved "an increase in the annual rate of base salary for Vikram from $1 per year to $1,750,000 per year, effective immediately." It felt good. Really good. Know what doesn't? This crap. Citigroup investors rejected the bank’s executive pay plan, a first among the six largest U.S. lenders, amid criticism it lets Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit collect millions of dollars in rewards too easily. About 45 percent of the votes favored the plan, which Citigroup had argued would help attract and retain top talent, according to a preliminary tally at the New York-based firm’s annual meeting in Dallas today. While the vote isn’t binding, outgoing Chairman Richard Parsons said changes will be made. Citigroup Shareholders Reject Management’s Compensation Plan [Bloomberg]