Herbalife may not be hurting Ackman anymore, but it’s still helping Icahn.

Carl Icahn swears his huge investment in diet-shake purveyor and pyramid-scheme-in-all-but-name Herbalife had nothing to do with his enmity towards Bill Ackman, who staked a considerable portion of his clients’ money on the notion that Herbalife was a worthless fraud. Sure, maybe putting a short squeeze on his adversary was a lucky side effect, one that Ackman insists kept Herbalife in business, but ultimate Icahn said he just really liked multi-level marketing herbal tea businesses.

Whether or not that was true, however, one thing has become clear: Icahn may have kept Herbalife alive, but Herbalife breathed new life into Carl Icahn—and continues to do so.

His investment fund lost money for three straight years, including back-to-back annual losses of 20% and 18% in 2016 and 2015….

Icahn’s investment fund returned 7.9% in 2018, a year in which most hedge fund traders lost money and the U.S. market was down for the year.

Those who follow Wall Street closely might find it ironic that the key long position in Icahn’s trading portfolio has been Herbalife…. Icahn sold a portion of his Herbalife stock in 2018. However, he kept a substantial long position and still owns 23% of the company. At $2.1 billion, Herbalife is by far the biggest single long position in Icahn’s investment fund.

Carl Icahn’s Comeback: The Raider Rebounds After A Tough Stretch [Forbes]


How Should Bill Ackman And Carl Icahn Settle This Thing Once And For All?

When Mark Hughs founded a multi-level marketing company called Herbalife in 1980, he probably thought it had the power to do a lot of things. Help people lose weight. Makes others rich. Shake up the diet industry. What he mostly likely did not expect, however, was that his li'l company that could would reignite a feud between two billionaires that would devolve into a flurry of press releases quibbling over who was dying to be friends with whom, shouting matches on live TV, and, we predict, someone telling someone else he has a right mind to "Rip the eyes out of your head and piss into your dead skull! You messed with the wrong hedge fund manager!"