Carl Icahn: Too many companies run by “morons”


Carl Icahn defended the role of activist investors like him, saying that too many companies are being run by “morons” who need oversight.

“I do love this country. I’m not so sure I love a lot of the people, but I love the country. From my point of view, we’re going to lose this because…the problem you have is the wrong side is running these companies,” he said at the Delivering Alpha conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor.

“We’re going to have morons running the companies soon, and we’re almost there. It’s amazing how bad these companies are and the boards are when we get in them,”

Icahn extended his criticism of top executives to Wall Street, which he blamed for the financial crisis and where he said some CEOs should have been replaced.

“Who got us into it? Wall Street got us into it. Let’s not pull punches,” said Icahn, head of Icahn Enterprises.

Responding to criticism that activists are too focused on short-term gains rather than the ultimate good of companies, Icahn said there are too many lazy CEOs who need a wake-up call.

He added that most of the companies where he invests are long-term positions for him.

“The only you can get these guys off the golf course is when I file a 13-D,” he said, referring to the regulatory filing in which an investor must declare a stake of greater than 5 percent in a company.

“What a board should do is not tell the CEO what to do. They should leave him alone, really leave him alone,” Icahn added. “What they should say is if you’re not producing…if you’re not doing as well as your peer group, get off the golf course and get to work and stop worrying about what plane you have.”

Icahn held court as the conference wound down for the day, dropping names of various companies he’s helped along the way.

As he did during his 2013 appearance, he peppered his remarks with one-liners that nonetheless had a sharp edge gained through years of taking aim at struggling outfits like Family Dollar.

“It has good long-term potential but not with the management you have or the board that you have,” he said. “Some people don’t like (his criticism of management). I feel sad about it.”

On economic issues, Icahn said he’s worried about Federal Reserve policies.

While commending former Fed chair Ben Bernanke for “saving this country,” he said the central bank has overdone its historically accoommodative monetary policies.

“You’ve got to worry about the excessive printing of money,” he said.


typical thoughts of a narcissist..everyone else is a moron except for him..and thats why he has a mutual obligation to take over these companies and hollow them out if needed..fuck off carl..


~ by seeker401 on July 20, 2014.

4 Responses to “Carl Icahn: Too many companies run by “morons””

  1. Too many morons are being schooled even as we speak..

    Donald Sterling
    Lewis Katz
    Carl Icahn

    ‘Suiciding’ the Bankers and Billionaires — Do You Know Why?

    “This makes three Jewish American billionaires taken down in the space of a few weeks time. Let’s see this for what it really is – hits among the elites to centralize their powerbase even further.

    It’s like the Gambino versus the Genovese crime family rivalries to centralize rule over entire cities, but in this case entire nations and the globe!”

    • Going deeper, on May 24, it was reported that Iranian billionaire, Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, was executed without warning after being summarily convicted in a $2.6 billion banking scam. Predictably, the entirety of Khosravi’s business empire, which included over 35 companies ranging from mineral water production, a football club and a meat importer were then taken over by the Iranian government. An even more shocking and ominous tale of billionaires in the cross-hairs has been taking place in China. China Daily reports that 72 mainland Chinese billionaires have died under highly suspicious circumstances over the last eight years. The unnatural death toll plays out like this: 15 murdered, 17 apparently ‘suicided,’ 19 from illness, 7 from ‘accidents’ and 14 executed by the government. Of those who died from illness, the average age at time of death was 48 so they definitely weren’t dying of old age-related issues. As Forbes ominously stated, “if you’re one of China’s 115 current billionaires as listed on the Forbes billionaires list of 2011, you should be more than a little nervous.”

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