Carl Icahn Quotes About Life and Success

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

Famous Carl Icahn Quotes

Carl Icahn Quotes
  1. “Some people get rich studying artificial intelligence. Me, I make money studying natural stupidity.”

2. “When most investors, including the pros, all agree on something, they’re usually wrong.”

3. “I don’t like to start wars. But if somebody wants to start one with me, there’s something in me that likes that because I’m really looking forward to going at them.” -Carl Icahn

4. “I like winning. There’s also a certain joy in it. I feel fulfilled by it.”

5. “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.”

6. “Everything I have is for sale, except for my kids and possibly my wife.”

7. “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.”

8. “Don’t confuse luck with skill when judging others, and especially when judging yourself.”

9. “In risk there is reward.”

10. “I have to look out for the shareholder’s interests, and I’m the largest shareholder.”

Carl Icahn Quotes About Business

11. “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.” – Carl Icahn

12. “Don’t go in and tell somebody else how to run their business.”

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

14. “I’m no Robin Hood, I enjoy making the money.”

15. “You need to do a lot of work to be contrarian.”

16. “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.”

17. “I think I proved it by making all this money. This system should be changed and that we should have true corporate democracy and accountability. Frankly, I made this money because the system is so bad, not because I’m a genius.” – Carl Icahn

18. “You learn in this business: If you want a friend, get a dog.”

19. “When most investors, including the pros, all agree on something, they’re usually wrong.”

20. “I enjoy the hunt much more than the ‘good life’ after the victory.”

Thought-Provoking Carl Icahn Quotes

21. “When nobody wants something, that creates an opportunity.”

22. “You always pay for hubris. In ’62, the market broke. Terrible. I was wiped out. I don’t know which went first, the Galaxie or the girlfriend I had. After that, I never played the market again.”

23. “My wife watches me like a hawk.”

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

25. “I enjoy the hunt much more than the ‘good life’ after the victory.”

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

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

28. “With some exceptions, the wrong people are running U.S. companies. It’s been that way for years, and it hasn’t gotten much better.”

Carl Icahn (born February 16, 1936) is an American businessman and financier. He founded and controls Icahn Enterprises, a public company and diversified conglomerate holding company based in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

Icahn’s business model is to invest heavily in companies he believes will benefit from changes in corporate policy. Following that, Icahn puts pressure on management to make changes that he believes will benefit shareholders.

He was one of the first activist shareholders and is credited with making that investment strategy mainstream for hedge funds. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful hedge fund managers of all time and one of the greatest investors on Wall Street.

After profiting from the hostile takeover and asset stripping of Trans World Airlines in the 1980s, Icahn earned a reputation as a “corporate raider.”

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