Monday, 20 October 2014
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Jun 4 2013 | 11:41am ET
Pershing Square Capital Management founder William Ackman has said that shutting down Herbalife, the nutritional supplements company that he has called a pyramid scheme, would be a high point in his life.
Ackman told the Financial Times, during an interview ostensibly about the Pershing Square Foundation's £4.5 million gift to Oxford University's business school, "If I manage to close down that company I will consider it the greatest achievement of my life."
Ackman in December opened a $1 billion short against Herbalife, reopening a decade-long feud with Carl Icahn, who is now backing the company. Herbalife has denied Ackman's allegations.
And while it may not be his greatest achievement, Ackman has turned a tidy profit on his investment in Canadian Pacific Railway, which he seized control of last year. Pershing Square said this week that it would sell a quarter of its CP shares over the next six to 12 months, which at Monday's closing price would earn it a roughly US$600 million profit.
CP shares have tripled in value since Ackman bought his stake.
Even after the sale, Pershing Square will be CP's largest shareholder.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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