Carl C. Icahn
Throughout his career, Icahn specialized in and greatly benefited from orchestrating complex financial transactions including arbitrage. At the height of the “go-go eighties,” Icahn became a quintessential Wall Street corporate raider and an expert in the extraction of greenmail. Beginning with Tappan Company in 1979, Icahn went on to reap huge financial rewards through proxy fights with such notable firms as Texaco, Phillips Petroleum, TWA, and US Steel. In the nineties, Icahn earned huge sums of money by short selling overvalued Internet companies.