Icahn and Alexander
We’ve seen some Charlie Sheen jokes about this interview with Carl Icahn, but we really like the new Carl “I have no investors” Icahn. Take for example his candid response to why he is continuing to invest: “I like winning. There’s also a certain joy in it. I feel fulfilled by it.” The final comment in this interview, and one that came completely unprompted, also really struck us:
You know who I can relate to? I’m nothing like Alexander the Great and I don’t want it to be misconstrued that way, but I was reading his biography and I can relate to one aspect about the guy. He could have stayed in Persia and had a nice life. Instead, he went off and fought a new fight. That’s how I can relate. I don’t like just sitting there. I enjoy the hunt much more than the “good life” after the victory.
Icahn seems to be demonstrating a quality that appears in most of the very best investors we have encountered. He invests because he loves the game and loves “winning”. The money and the rewards seem to be secondary to him.