Carl Icahn: Not a big fan of Bill Ackman

Trish had Carl Icahn on, whom I consider to be one of the last living legends of this game. In the Bloomberg TV interview, he declines to discuss any possible positions in Herbalife, but has no qualms about opening up both barrels on Persing Square’s Bill Ackman. This is about as real as it gets on The Street – rarely do you hear anything like this in the media:

“Look, it’s no secret to the world and to Wall Street – and most guys on Wall Street I sort of like and I get along with – and it’s no secret I don’t like Ackman. I have no respect for him and I don’t like him and that’s not a secret. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to go in and buy stock in a company necessarily just to get him. Frankly, I don’t like the way he did this anyway. If you’re short, you go short and hey, if it goes down you make money. You don’t go out and get a roomful of people to badmouth the company. If you want to be in that business, why don’t you go out and join the SEC?”

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