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Experience is making mistakes and learning from them.
I am always prepared to do the right thing regardless of what other people think.
If I believe that I am right, I will take it to the end of the earth until I am proven right.
I love what I do. I don't do it for the money. I work on behalf of investors that I like and want to do well for. I'm a competitive person.
I'm an extremely, extremely persistent person. Extremely. And when I believe I am right, and it is important, I will go to the end of the earth.
I think a very good system in a world with a lot of passive investors is one in which there are at least a few entrepreneurial investors, prepared to say what they think, prepared to propose a change in management, change in strategy, change in cost structure, capital structure.
I was a little bit of a cocky kid.
Herbalife: the customers are fictitious, the business opportunity is a scam, the university degree is a fraud.
I think good private equity investors create a lot more economic value than they destroy.
Investing is a business where you can look very silly for a long period of time before you are proven right.
The President is the CEO of this business that we call America.
I think the hedge-fund industry has taken a reputational turn for the worse, this dog-eat-dog stuff. I'm not just talking about Herbalife or J. C. Penney, but in other situations where the media really focuses on who's long and who's short. I don't think it's a good thing for the industry.
I'm not emotional about investments. Investing is something where you have to be purely rational and not let emotion affect your decision making - just the facts.
If you think of the typical Herbalife distributor and their level of sophistication, to this day I still don't understand the marketing plan - true story.
If you look at the great frauds of all time, Enron had that phantom trading floor. What Herbalife has is it has phantom or fictitious customers.
Preserving the 30-year prepayable fixed-rate mortgage - it's like the bedrock of the housing system - is critical.
It is a certainty that Herbalife is a pyramid scheme. We believe it's harming a population of low-income, principally Hispanic people in the U.S. to benefit a handful of super wealthy people at the top of the pyramid.
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