(GuruFocus, February 14, 2010) Carl Icahn
is the opposite of Warren Buffett
. Buffett looks for companies with good economic moats under good managers, then he will either to take the whole company private or take a minority position in the company. Either way, the precondition for Buffett to take a interest in a company is for it to possess a competent and honest management. Buffett does not supply managers. Carl Icahn
, on the other hand, believes that managements and board of directors in the US are mostly either incompetent, corrupted, or both. If he sees a suitable target, he will build a stake a position, announce the interest, and demand company to make strategic changes to unleash its value.
Robert Shiller, a Yale Business School professor brought Carl Icahn as a guest lecturer to Shiller’s Financial Markets class
. Lecture 15 of the class features Carl Icahn. He discusses his thoughts about today's economy and American businesses and their inherent threats and opportunities. He believes that the biggest challenge facing corporate America is weak management and that today's CEOs, with exceptions, might not be the most capable of leading global companies. In the video, someone asked a question on Motorola proxy fight, an event happened in 2007, so the video is 2-3 years old. Continue Reading »