Hedge-Fund Billionaire Lets His Inner Theater Geek Loose

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Tony award winner David Tepper. Photo: null/Corbis

Appaloosa Management's David Tepper is no ordinary hedge-fund alpha male. I mean, sure, he owns a giant pair of brass testicles and part of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and does Man Things like buys his ex-boss's Hamptons house, tears it down, and builds a house twice as big where it used to stand. Sure, his offices resemble a "high-end sports bar — all polished mahogany and flat-screen TVs and black-and-gold Steelers paraphernalia — or a wealthy frat house."

But Tepper also has a sensitive streak, forged in the crucible of his high school theater troupe, nurtured through a career in the cutthroat financial-services industry, and finally let loose during a virtuoso performance today on Bloomberg TV. Tepper, who played Mr. MacAfee in a high-school production of Bye Bye Birdie, took a sip of water, cleared his throat, and did this:

Tepper said he would "rather work at McDonald's" than go back to Goldman Sachs, where he spent years of his life before leaving after a tiff with Jon Corzine. But he didn't rule out starring as — oh, I dunno, Professor Harold Hill in a Short Hills Community Theater rendition of The Music Man — so maybe there's hope for the songster inside him after all.