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Carl Celian Icahn

Carl Celian Icahn, American investor. Named one of Top 200 Collectors, ARTnews magazine, 2004, Forbes 400: Richest Americans, since 2006, World's Richest People, Forbes Magazine, since 2007. Founder Icahn House, New York City, Carl C. Icahn Charter School, New York City.

Background

  • Icahn, Carl Celian was born on February 16, 1936 in Queens, New York.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Philosophy, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1957; Student, New York University School Medicine.

    Career

    • Icahn began his career on Wall Street as a stockbroker in 1961 and in 1968, he formed Icahn & Co., a securities firm that focused on risk arbitrage and options trading. In 1978, he began taking controlling positions in individual companies.He has taken substantial or controlling positions in various corporations including RJR Nabisco, TWA, Texaco, Phillips Petroleum, Western Union, Gulf & Western, Viacom, Uniroyal, Dan River, Marshall Field's, E-II (Culligan and Samsonite), American Can, USX, Marvel Comics, Revlon, Imclone, Federal-Mogul, Fairmont Hotels, Blockbuster, Kerr-McGee, Time Warner, Netflix, Motorola, and Herbalife.

      Apprentice broker Dreyfus Corporation, New York City, 1960-1963. Options manager Tessel, Patrick & Company, 1963-1964, Gruntal & Company, 1964-1968. Chairman, president Icahn & Company, New York City, 1968—2005.

      Chairman board Starfire Holding Corporation (formerly Icahn Holding), since 1984. Chairman American Car and Foundry Industries Incorporated, St. Charles, Missouri, since 1984. Chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer Trans World Airlines Incorporated, New York York City, 1985—1993.

      Founder Icahn Capital Incorporated, since 1987. Chairman board American Property Investors Incorporated, since 1990, American Railcar Industries, since 1994, Maupintour Holdings, LLC, 1998—2002. President Stratosphere Corporation, 1998—2004.

      Chairman board Great Britain Holdings, 2000—2007, XO Holdings, Incorporated (formerly XO Communications), since 2003, ImClone Systems Incorporated, 2006—2008. Board directors Starfire Holding Corporation, since 1984, Cadus Pharmaceutical Corporation, since 1993, American Railcar Industries Incorporated, since 1994, Blockbuster Incorporated, since 2005, WestPoint International, Incorporated, since 2005, ImClone Systems Incorporated, 2006—2008, Western Climate Initiative Communities, Incorporated, since 2007, Yahoo! Incorporated, 2008—2009, Motricity, Incorporated, since 2008, Federal-Mogul Corporation, since 2007, non-executive chairman, since 2008. Served in United States Army, 1960-1961.

    Religion

    Denomination: Judaism

    Membership

    Founder Icahn House, New York City, Carl C. Icahn Charter School, New York City.

    Personality

    Icahn was fond of boxing at school. However, the main hobby of his life became poker. Once on the beach in Long Beach, he won more than a thousand dollars, which is enough to pay for training at Princeton University.

    Quotes from others about the person

    Fellow finance billionaire Leon Black says “He loves winning, and he loves money–but it’s just a scorecard to show he’s recognized value and won. He is smart and unrelenting, he doesn’t care what other people think, and even though he is not always right, I would never bet against him.”

    Interests

    Collector Old Masters and Impressionist art.

    His many charitable interests focus primarily on medicine, education and child welfare.

    Connections

    • Icahn has been married twice.

      In 1979, he married Liba Trejbal, a ballerina from the former Czech Republic. They divorced in 1999 after years of litigation. Liba had sought to invalidate a prenuptial agreement she had signed prior to their marriage claiming duress as she was pregnant at the time. Liba originally fought Icahn's offer of roughly $1.5 million a year because he was worth billions at the time and eventually settled for an undisclosed amount. They have two children, one of whom is Brett Icahn.

      In 1999, he married his longtime assistant and former broker, Gail Golden. She has two children from a prior marriage.
    • spouses: Liba Icahn - Czech Republic - a former ballerina
    • children: Brett Icahn - an American businessman and investor
    • Michelle Icahn

    References

    • King Icahn: The Biography of a Renegade Capitalist
      1993
    • A book by Daniel J. Kadlec

    • Masters of the Universe: Winning Strategies of America's Greatest Dealmakers
      2000
    • A book by Daniel J. Kadlec

    • Becoming Rich: The Wealth-Building Secrets of the World's Master Investors Buffett, Icahn, Soros
      2005
    • A book by Mark Tier

    • Rich is a Religion: Breaking the Timeless Code to Wealth
      2008
    • A book by Mark Stevens

    Carl Celian Icahn
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    Born February 16, 1936
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    • 1957
      Princeton University
    • 2007
      chairman, board Great Britain Holdings
    • 1960 - 1963
      Apprentice broker, Dreyfus Corporation
    • 1963 - 1964
      options manager, Tessel
    • 1964 - 1968
      options manager, Tessel
    • 1968 - 2005
      chairman, Icahn & Company
    • 1968 - 2005
      president, Icahn & Company
    • 1984
      chairman, American Car and Foundry Industries Incorporated
      Missouri, United States
    • 1984
      chairman, board Starfire Holding Corporation (formerly Icahn Holding)
    • 1985 - 1993
      chairman, Trans World Airlines Incorporated
    • 1985 - 1993
      president, Trans World Airlines Incorporated
    • 1985 - 1993
      Chief Executive Officer, Trans World Airlines Incorporated
    • 1987
      founder Icahn Capital Incorporated
    • 1990
      chairman, board American Property Investors Incorporated
    • 1994
      chairman, board American Property Investors Incorporated
    • 1998 - 2002
      chairman, board American Property Investors Incorporated
    • 1998 - 2004
      president, Stratosphere Corporation
    • 2003
      chairman, board Great Britain Holdings
    • 2006 - 2008
      chairman, board Great Britain Holdings
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