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Portrait de William Ackman
William Ackman
Birthday : 11/30/1965
Place of birth : New York - USA
Country of residence : USA
Linked companies : JC Penney - Pershing Square Capital - Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
Biography

William (Bill) Ackman is the founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, an American hedge fund that holds shares in Wendy’s International and McDonald’s Corporation. As well it has interest in Target Corp., the second largest discount company in US.

Graduated at Harvard College, he holds also an MBA from Harvard Business School. He began his career working for his father in the real estate, and in 1993 he founded Gotham Partners Management Co. This investment company encounters some troubles including legal problems that will lead to its dissolution in 2003.

In 2004, William Ackman comes back on the financial stage. He has created Pershing Square Capital, and he showed a lot of activism buying massive share in the lowest price for resale in two years maximum. A short-term strategy often criticized by the US Medias. His different attacks against FSA, American division of Dexia, and also against MBIA and Ambac, that it forecast the collapse, earned him a strong enmity in financial world.

In 2007, William Ackman took a share up to 5 millions of dollar (3,5%) in Sears Holdings, third group in distribution sector in US, behind Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

Pershing Square Capital Management manages approximately 2.4 billion of dollar of which 40% was invested in shares of McDonald.

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Latest news about William Ackman 
Ackman acknowledges retail blunders, digs in on Herbalife
2013 - BOSTON (Reuters) - Activist investor William Ackman admitted he made mistakes in bets on retailers, including J.C. Penney (>> J.C. Penney Company, Inc.) where he has lost hundreds of millions of dollars, but is sticking by a wager against Herbalife (>> Herbalife Ltd.), where he faces big paper losses....
Soros raises JC Penney stake but two big investors exit in second quarter
2013 - BOSTON (Reuters) - Billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros likes ailing retailer JC Penney (>> J.C. Penney Company, Inc.) so much that he added another 2 million shares to his already large investment, according to regulatory filings released on Wednesday....
Bad JC Penney bet calls Ackman's retail acumen into question
2013 - BOSTON (Reuters) - Billionaire investor William Ackman has been tripped up by a bet that he could transform a giant retailer.
Soros Supports J.C. Penney in Dispute With Ackman
2013 - Soros Fund Management LLC is siding with J.C. Penney Co. in the retailer's battle with its largest shareholder and board member William Ackman, Bloomberg News reported Monday, citing people familiar with the situation. Soros, with a 7.9% stake in J.C. Penney, has told the company i
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