Hedge Fund Manager Who Spoke To Goats In French Picks Up New Side Gig

Mark Spitznagel, whose plan to revive Detroit's economy via extremely sophisticated goats was ruined by narrow-minded city officials, will be doing a little political work for Rand Paul.
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Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has appointed Mark Spitznagel, the hedge fund manager, as a senior economic adviser as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination...In addition to limiting the role of the government in the markets, Mr. Spitznagel has had other ideas on how to bolster the economy. Last year, he brought 18 goats to a blighted neighborhood in Detroit to help clean it up. Part of his plan was to employ local residents to take care of the goats, which he hoped to increase to 60 in total. But the plan was thwarted by city officials who argued local laws prohibited animals from grazing on city property. Within 48 hours the goats were back on a truck, destined for the butcher. [Dealbook, earlier]


German Hedge Fund Manager Who Fled To South America And Lived Under An Assumed Name For 5 Years To "Find Meaning" In His Life Has Learned A Few Things

The bits of wisdom Florian Homm picked up during his stay in Colombia, where he was getting some "me time" and not trying to distance himself from angry investors whose money he'd lost, can be found in the book he wrote about living underground (“Kopf Geld Jagd"), which he hopes will be a "hard-core wake-up call" readers who are "trying to get a second Mercedes and a bigger boat." For those who can't wait for the English version, from an interview with the Times we learn: