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Portrait de Carl Icahn
Carl Icahn
Birthday : 02/16/1936
Place of birth : New York (New York) - USA
Country of residence : USA
Linked companies : MTV - Icahn Enterprises LP - Biogen Idec Inc - JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Biography

In the U.S., he is called “the raider” but Carl Icahn prefers to be called "activist shareholder" , the same nickname than Edward Lampert, Eric Knight or Guy Wyser-Pratte. Across the Atlantic, he is very popular among small shareholders. In early 2007, Fortune magazine was not afraid of telling about him that if "the shareholders love him, business leaders hate him." According to estimates made by Fortune, the other shareholders of firms where Carl Icahn took in the past a part of the capital would have won, thanks to him, $ 50 billion.

Following an extensive study of the company - no matter the line of businesses- and the evolution of its share price, he takes a minority stake. Afterwards, he contacts the CEO of the company: Carl Icahn is hard-nosed, when he has an idea in mind, he never gives up.

In 2007, he propelled his British rival AstraZeneca to buy the pharmaceutical group US Medimmune. He won an important bonus.

Currently, his portfolio companies are active in the capital of two dozen of U.S companies. Via the Swedish activist fund Cevian, whose he is shareholder, Carl Icahn made his first steps in Europe, for example in the capital of the German Munich Re.

Carl Icahn had, according to Forbes in 2011, a fortune estimated at more than $ 12.5 billion. A success whose he is the only one responsible: coming from a modest family, he studied psychology, then medicine, but it is as broker that he began his career in the sixties. At that time, he had to borrow to start working on the New York Stock Exchange. No doubt he has paid all his bills without late.

At 72 years old, he doesn’t seem determined to retire. He just has launched a new blog : Icahnreport.com.

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Latest news about Carl Icahn 
Carl Icahn's Facebook Posts Could Be Deemed Material Information
03/07 - By Erin McCarthy Investors trying to keep track of activist investor Carl C. Icahn's latest moves can now look to Facebook as well. In a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Icahn Enterprises L.P. said Friday that Mr. Icahn, its chairman,
Icahn Says He Has 'Not Yet Begun to Fight' on EBay
03/06 - By Michael Calia Activist investor Carl C. Icahn on Thursday continued his quest to prod eBay Inc. into changing its board and spinning off online payments business PayPal. Mr. Icahn said the results of a recent survey conducted by Bernstein Research indicated tha
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03/05 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said Wednesday that corporate governance at e-commerce giant eBay Inc., in which he is a shareholder, was the worst he had ever seen.
Icahn says demanding review of eBay records
03/03 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn said Monday he is demanding a review of eBay Inc.'s records on its divestiture of Skype, reiterating his view that eBay board member Marc Andreessen had conflicts of interest regarding the sale, while eBay called Icahn's criticisms "false and misleading."
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