Stock Quotes from Carl Icahn

Many people know about Warren Buffett and Geroge Soros but very few people know about Carl Icahn. I read the recent news about how Carl Icahn is ploughing in his company into Herballife and got interested to do a post on him...
A little background on him

Born:New York City, in 1936
  • Icahn & Company (securities firm)
  • Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NYSE:IEP)
  • Icahn Partners (hedge fund)
  • Controlling ownership positions in several major corporations
  • Carl C. Icahn Center for Science at Princeton University
Most Famous For:The "Icahn Lift." This is the Wall Street catchphrase that describes the upward bounce in a company's stock price that typically happens when Carl Icahn starts buying the stock of a company he believes is poorly managed.

Since the mid-1980s, Icahn has had titanic battles with multiple U. S. corporations resulting, most of the time, in significant capital gains for these companies' shareholders and, of course, making Icahn a multibillionaire, whom Forbes ranked as the 46th richest in the world in 2008.

Icahn is viewed either as one of history's most ruthless corporate raiders or as a positive force for increased shareholder activism, who seeks to correct the abuses of greedy and/or incompetent corporate management.
~From Investopedia~

Carl Icahn Stock Quotes

  • I look at companies as businesses, while Wall Street analysts look for quarterly earnings performance. I buy assets and potential productivity. Wall Street buys earnings, so they miss a lot of things that I see in certain situations.
  • I have always lived by my word, so to speak. I think that’s the way to be… The funny, ironic part is if you do that over the years, it really pays off tremendous dividends.
  • A lot of these companies are undervalued because of poor management. You can replace bad management, right. So that’s one big hidden value there.
  • I think I’m good at what I do. I think in the takeover business I would say I’m as good as anybody in this area… I have a good mind for this type of thinking. It’s like a chess game. I was always a good chess player.
  • What turns me one, is the excitement of it all. I really believe in what I’m doing. Don’t get me wrong. I like to win. But I love to rock boats that should be rocked. Sometimes I wonder why I keep doing it. I’ve got enough goddamn money.


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