Carl Icahn Quotes

Carl Celian Icahn (born February 16, 1936) is an American investor and business magnate. He is the founder and majority shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company based in New York City, formerly known as American Real Estate Partners. He is also Chairman of Federal-Mogul, an American developer, manufacturer and supplier of powertrain components and vehicle safety products.

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A great company in the media business needs visionary leaders, not a conglomerate structure headquartered in Columbus Circle that second guesses.

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I can tell you how bad our boards are... I don't have to watch Saturday Night Live anymore; I just go to the board meetings.

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Had a nice conversation with Tim Cook today. Discussed my opinion that a larger buyback should be done now. We plan to speak again shortly.

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In 2008, people who invested in hedge funds needed capital badly, but many of the funds would not return their money. However, I gave money back to any investor who requested it. It was the bottom of the market and a pretty tough time.

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We have bloated bureaucracies in Corporate America. The root of the problem is the absence of real corporate democracy.

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Too often it's not the most creative guys or the smartest. Instead, it's the ones who are best at playing politics and soft-soaping their bosses. Boards don't like tough, abrasive guys.

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I enjoy the hunt much more than the 'good life' after the victory.

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Reuters was completely accurate that I am concerned about the level of the market. But I also made it clear on the conference call (and I believe as Reuters reported it), that it is almost impossible to predict what a market will do in the short term. There are too many variables.

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In life and business, there are two cardinal sins. The first is to act precipitously without thought and the second is to not act at all.

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CEOs are paid for doing a terrible job. If the system wasn't so messed up, guys like me wouldn't make this kind of money.

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We want these assets to be productive. We buy them. We own them. To say we care only about the short term is wrong. What I care about is seeing these assets in the best hands

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A lot of people died fighting tyranny. The least I can do is vote against it.

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The CEO is, by far, the most important decision for a company... The company is going to rise and fall with the CEO.

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When you have no one to answer to, vendetta as investment strategy is as legitimate as anything.

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I'm a cynic about corporate democracy and boards.

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