Icahn is particularly angry about the failure of Lehman Brothers. On his website IcahnReport.com he takes aim at Lehman's top brass suggesting their weakness was arguably the single biggest cause of the current crisis.
“Why, for instance, did the Lehman board allow Richard Fuld to occupy both the chairman and CEO role?" Icahn writes. "The CEO is the chief manager of the company but the chairman’s job is to look after shareholders interests. Clearly these two roles should have been separated a long time ago, as they should in most companies.”
He goes on to say, “And why did [Lehman's] chief operating officer for Europe, Benoit Savoret, get a $16.2 million bonus when he was also fired? Fuld testified in Congress that this money was owed to Savoret as part of a contractual obligation. But wasn't this contact rejectable in bankruptcy court, which would have made it simply an unsecured claim? Therefore was this simply an excuse to give a gift to a departing executive? In my opinion, this money should be returned to the Lehman bankruptcy estate.”
And that’s only the beginning. On Fast Money he tells the traders he's concerned about lack of confidence in the market at a time when we need to bring money into the private sector. "But how are we going to put private money into these banks when we’re stuck with these clowns?”
“The most important thing,” he says, “is change laws so that guys who run our companies are accountable. And that’s easy to do...”
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