Carl Celian Icahn is an American businessman, investor, activist and philanthropist. This 79-year-old self-made billionaire is the founder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company. His net worth is around $21 billion. This dropped to $17.4 billion as of October 2018, according to Forbes.
Icahn was born in February 16 1936 in Queens, New York City, New York. His family was of Jewish descent. He studied at the Far Rockaway High School. He earned his BA degree in philosophy in 1957 from Princeton University. Later he joined New York University School of Medicine, but dropped out after two years to join the army.
Carl Icahn started his career in Wall Street as a stockbroker in 1961. He founded Icahn & Co., a securities firm that focused on risk arbitrage and options trading. Today he has stakes in various corporations like Western Union, Revlon, Time Warner, Motorola, Netflix and Herbalife.
Icahn is involved in various philanthropic activities. He has received many awards, including the Starlight Foundation’s Founders Award and its 1990 Man of the Year Award.
Carl Icahn established horse breeding operation Foxfield Thoroughbreds in 1985. Having bred more than 140 stakes horses, he shut down Foxfield in 2004. He sold all his mares and weanlings at the Keeneland Sales November breeding stock auction. Currently he resides in New York, NY. He has been married twice and has two children.