Back in his heyday, hedge-fund titan and New York Sun investor Michael Steinhardt was known for his volatility. Legend has it, he once screamed so hard at a former employee who confronted him about the size of his bonus that the man keeled over and died (to be fair, he was 300 pounds). Now retired, Steinhardt spends his days poring over gardening catalogues in Bedford, New York, where he maintains a huge estate with several gardens and a zoo-size collection of animals, including camels, albino wallabies and other assorted furries. Here he is kissing Angel, one of his llamas. "Hello! Hello! How do you do?" he reportedly said while it nuzzled him.
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