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Former hedge fund manager and Halloween enthusiast Phil Falcone is pretty deeply in debt. If you believe the court that froze his assets, it’s somewhere around $100 million, none of which the former billionaire has any intention of paying. If you believe Phil, it’s more like $45 million. In any event, it’s a large enough hole that even the sale of most of his homes couldn’t fill it—so do you really think that an apparently never-used (even by a pig) custom-built white piano, a garish of art, some floor lamps and a leather couch is gonna do it? Don’t be ridiculous, Falcone says in a way only he or his wife could.

“That’s insane,” he said. “I didn’t know the selling of my couch would make news. It’s so retarded. I mean Jesus Christ. I sold it because I moved. It didn’t fit with what we have now.”

After all, as Falcone perhaps unwisely claimed the last time his financial humiliation made the Murdoch press, he’s got plenty of money to cover his bills, in spite of his apparent refusal to pay them. I mean, he runs a penny-stock company, so we’re not exactly talking about a has-been pauper here.

“I’m doing well. I have a public company, Madison Technologies. It’s got a $150 million market cap.”

Still, it has to be said that he’s not doing well at everything, and then when it comes to selling off furnishings, he’s about as successful as when he’s revolutionizing wireless networks or long-term care insurance.

The biggest ticket item on the block was a custom-built, white lacquer Steinway grand piano with a sterling silver frame that Falcone purchased for $180,000 in 2006 yet hardly ever played, according to its new owner, Ronen Segev, who purchased the instrument for $50,000 at Auctions at Showplace in Manhattan on Feb. 20…. Segev also snapped up a huge piece of art… [for] $7,500, a steal considering its list price was $23,500, Segev said…. “I did see overseas that other pieces from the original series were selling for 50,000 to 60,000 pounds ($67,000-$80,000). Just the frame itself is worth more than what I paid….”

Also sold to an anonymous buyer on Feb. 20 was a pair of Italian baroque floor lamps from the Falcone living room that were listed for $7,300 but got just $1,500 at auction, and a contemporary red leather sofa from the couple’s study that was offered for $6,400 and went for $3,750.

But don’t let any of that get you too worried about old Phil. He’s still got that big payday from Apollo Global Management coming.

“It’s a $5 billion lawsuit,” he said. “Do you think that’s worth nothing?”

We don’t know if it’s worth nothing, but if the above track record is anything to go on, it’s safe to say it’s worth a lot less than Falcone thinks.

Fallen hedge funder Phillip Falcone offloads luxe belongings in fire sale [N.Y. Post]

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LightSquared is a wireless venture that seeks to create “convenient connectivity for all." But those of you who've been keeping up know that to one man, it's so much more. That man, of course, being hedge fund manager Phil Falcone. LightSquared is his dream. His baby. His world. His everything. And, because he has poured his heart, soul, and firm's money into LightSquared, it is also the thing that stands to make or break Harbinger Capital. Success will mean billions for Falcone and his investors. Failure will mean Wilbur Falcone selling her eggs to a barren couple willing to pay top dollar for the DNA of a blue-eyed classically trained singer with an IQ of 150 and legs like Tina Turner. Unfortunately, things have not been going so well for LightSquared. The yachting community worries that GPS interference caused by LS will result in boats getting lost at sea. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says LightSquared“may degrade precision services that track hurricanes, guide farmers and help build flood defenses.” The FAA put out a study that estimates LS could “cost 794 lives in aviation accidents over 10 years with disruptions to satellite-aided navigation.” The only person defending the thing (besides Phil) is Karl Rove. Meanwhile, the SEC wants to see Falcone banned from the industry, Bloomberg News has put a reporter on the "Phil Falcone Pit Stains" beat, and his investors, for the most part, despise him for petty reasons that no rational adults would ever get upset about, like borrowing $113 million from a gated fund in order to pay personal taxes and tying up much of their capital in a side project building walkie-talkies that might not pan out on account of the growing opinion that it might kill a few people. At this time, a lesser man might decide to cut his losses and/or look within and say "Maybe my investors aren't the problem, maybe I'm the problem." Phil Falcone is no such man. He's figured out a few things and what they boil down to is that his impatient, pissy investors are what is standing in the way of LightSquared soaring, which it will, when it is ready. And if those pricks won't agree to stick around for an investment time horizon of inifinty, he'll find people who will. Harbinger Capital Partners' Philip Falcone, speaking at the SALT hedge-fund conference Wednesday in Las Vegas, hinted at an initial public offering, CNBC's Kate Kelly reported. "Harbinger is actually considering getting more permanent capital," Falcone said, according to Kelly, who said it suggests a potential IPO. "I'm moving toward a more permanent capital vehicle. We need to focus more on control," Falcone said, according to Kelly. No one said going from not having the cash to cover taxes to $25 billion was going to be easy. Harbinger's Falcone hints at potential IPO -CNBC [MarketWatch] Update: Falcone claims to have no idea what CNBC is talking about (asking Fox Business, "What the fuck would I IPO?")

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