Robert Willumstad, former CEO of American International Group, said the company has “more than enough” assets to cover the $85 billion loan it received from the U.S. government without it becoming a massive issue for taxpayers.
Willumstad served as CEO of AIG from June 2008 to September 2008 and voluntarily gave up the $22 million severance package that was entitled to him after he left the company.
AIG has faced scrutiny for recent spending that critics have called excessive given the company's need for a federal bailout to avoid bankruptcy.
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On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that AIG executives spent thousands of dollars on an English hunting trip, even as the firm was asking for a $37.8 billion loan from the Federal Reserve in addition to the $85 billion the company had already received.
Last month, days after the government stepped in to bail out the company, AIG picked up a $440,000 tab for a week-long retreat at a posh California resort for top-performing insurance agents.