|Carl Icahn Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||February 16, 1936|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Carl Icahn is an American financier and businessperson who is the founder of Icahn Enterprises, a public company and diversified conglomerate holding company based in Sunny Isles Beach. He has also served as a controlling shareholder of Icahn Enterprises. One of the first activist shareholders, he is credited with making that investment strategy mainstream for hedge funds. Regarded by many as one of the most successful hedge fund managers of all time and one of the greatest investors on Wall Street, he developed a reputation as a “corporate raider” in the 1980s after profiting from the hostile takeover and asset stripping of Trans World Airlines.
Carl Celian Icahn
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Carl Icahn studied at Far Rockaway High School, a public high school located in Far Rockaway in the borough of Queens. He then got enrolled at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey and graduated with an A.B. in Philosophy in 1957 after completing a senior thesis titled “The Problem of Formulating an Adequate Explication of the Empiricist Criterion of Meaning.”
After that, he attended the New York University School of Medicine but dropped out after 2 years in order to join the military reserve force.
- Father – Michael Icahn (Cantor, Substitute Teacher)
- Mother – Bella (née Schnall) (Schoolteacher)
- Siblings – He is an only child.
- Others – M. Elliot Schnall (Uncle)
According to Forbes, his net worth was $7.8B as of June 2, 2023.
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
90 kg or 198.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Carl Icahn has dated –
- Liba Trejbal (1978-1993) – He met Liba Trejbal (a ballerina from the former Czechoslovakia) in the summer of 1978. At the time, she was 28 years old while Carl was 41. The duo eventually started dating and she became pregnant with their child after 8 months. Consequently, Carl Icahn offered to marry her if she signed a prenuptial agreement. They got married in March 1979 and have 2 children – a son named Brett Icahn (b. August 19, 1979) (a businessperson, investor, and philanthropist) and a daughter named Michelle Celia Icahn Nevin. Liba Trejbal filed for divorce from Carl in October 1993 as well as sued to invalidate the prenuptial agreement, claiming she signed it under duress due to the pregnancy. The divorce was settled in July 1999.
- Gail Golden (1999-Present) – He married his longtime assistant and former broker Gail Golden in the year 1999.
Race / Ethnicity
Icahn is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
Carl Icahn Facts
- He grew up in the Far Rockaway, Queens neighborhood of New York City.
- His father was a “sworn atheist”.
- Carl Icahn started his career as a stockbroker for Dreyfus Corporation in 1961.
- He became an options manager for Tessel, Patrick & Co. in 1963. After that, he moved to Gruntal & Co.
- In 1984, he received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement.
- He founded Foxfield Thoroughbreds (a horse breeding operation) in 1985.
- Carl Icahn joined the Giving Pledge (a campaign founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes) list in 2010.
- He endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 United States presidential election. It was announced on December 21, 2016, that he would serve as special advisor to President Donald Trump on regulatory reform, aiding Trump in an “individual capacity” rather than as a federal employee. On August 18, 2017, Carl stepped down from his role citing a desire not to interfere with the work of Neomi Rao as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
- Icahn once said, “I like Donald personally, but frankly I’m a little curious about the big deal about the name. If the Trump brand carried such a cachet, why did Trump properties keep going bankrupt?”.
- He is a hypochondriac.
- He was featured in the 2022 HBO documentary titled Icahn: The Restless Billionaire directed by Bruce David Klein and produced by Atlas Media Corp.
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