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Daniel Loeb
Third Point
Size: $4.2 billion
Style: Stock picker
Location: Manhattan
Poison pen of the industry. Paid $45 million for penthouse in Robert A.M. Stern building going up at 15 Central Park West at 62nd Street. Said to enjoy yoga and surfing.
Old Hand: “A visible and outspoken activist. People think he’s self-serving, but it seems to be working for him.”
Hedge-Fund Investor: “He writes hilarious letters. Plus, you have to see that e-mail exchange he had with a potential European recruit. Just Google it.”
Young Buck: “A solid value investor who’s not afraid to shake up bad management.”


Thomas Hudson
Pirate Capital
Size: $1.1 billion
Style: Stock picker
Location: Norwalk, Conn.
Fired from Goldman over extramarital affair. Started Pirate with $1.5 million of his own money and $500,000 from parents. A vocal activist whose recent targets include Pep Boys and OSI Restaurant Partners, owner of Outback Steakhouse. Bailed too early on OSI.
Hedge-Fund Investor: “This ship might be sinking.”


Israel Englander
Millennium Management
Size: $8.6 billion
Style: Trader
Location: New York
A donor to Jewish causes. Also a donor to the Securities and Exchange Commission, to which his firm paid $180 million to settle market timing charges, $30 million of which came out of his own pocket.
Young Buck: “He got snared in the mutual-fund scandal pretty badly.”


Warren Lichtenstein
Steel Partners
Size: $3.9 billion
Style: Stock picker
Location: Manhattan
Activist investor focused on U.S. and Japan. Attempted largest hostile takeover attempt in Korean history when he went after tobacco maker KT&G with idol Carl Icahn. Currently needling Japan’s Sapporo Holdings, known to sushi lovers the world over.
Old Hand: “Another activist, but his deal with BKF I don’t think worked too well. Still, he has number of good operations.”
Hedge-Fund Investor: “An early practitioner of activism who has exported his approach to Japan and now the rest of Asia.”
Young Buck: “Not afraid to sue or be sued.”


Barry Rosenstein
JANA Partners
Size: $5.8 billion
Style: Stock picker
Location: San Francisco
Onetime Merrill Lynch investment banker. (What? Not from Goldman?) Partially paralyzed in windsurfing accident, credits recovery to yoga. An activist investor of the vocal sort, thought to be as obnoxious as Daniel Loeb when going after wayward executives such as those at Kerr-McGee.
Old Hand: “A real activist. And a smart guy to boot.”
Young Buck: “Impressive returns.”


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