"The Relentless Billionaire" Looks at the Life of Carl Icahn: Traces Back Early Poker Playing Days

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Ace King
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86-year-old corporate American financier and activist investor Carl Icahn is profiled in the new HBO Max streaming documentary" The Relentless Billionaire. 


The hour-and-fourty-one-minute film tracks Icahn's life from his modest beginnings in Queens, New York.  He would ultimately go on to pay for his Princeton education by playing poker before dropping out of med school and ultimately becoming one of the most fearsome investors on Wall Street.

“He’s the great white shark in the sea of capitalism,” goes one commentator. “Great guy, but he’s about as smooth as a stucco bathtub,” goes another.

Ichan is best known for waging hostile takeovers of TWA, Texaco, Marvel Comics, Netflix among others.

More recently Icahn is pushing for happier McDonald's pigs.  He's threatened to put two directors on the board of the fast food chain to force it to stop confining pregnant pigs in tiny boxes.

Just a few years ago, Icahn made waves through his attempts to stop the implosion of the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.  He had taken over ownership of the casino once owned by former US President Donald Trump.  The hotel and casino was ultimately blown up.

Icahn would later be appointed a special advisor to the one time US President.  He was quickly forced to resign due to potential conflicts faced because of his stake in refiner CVR Energy.

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