Everyone Thinks Raj Will Run

Raj Rajaratnam
Raj Rajaratnam

Las Vegas, Nevada—Raj will run.

If the attendees at the Skybridge Alternative Investments conference agree about anything it is this one core prediction: convicted insider trader Raj Rajaratnam will attempt to flee before he is jailed.

"Think about it. You've got billions in foreign bank accounts. You can go anywhere in the world. Do you risk spending the next twenty years in jail?" one hedge funder said at the Bellagio casino yesterday.

Where should Raj go?

"Vietnam," said one trader. "No extradition treaty. I've looked into it."

"He should buy a boat and live where ever he wants. Caribbean. French Riviera. Ibiza," said another

This sparked a debate about how to live your life on the run on a boat. One thing everyone at the breakfast table agreed on: don't buy the biggest boat. Buy something modest. Something that blends in.

"You're trying to vanish, not stick out. You want to think modestly. But that can be hard to do when you are used to being the biggest guy in the room," one hedge fund investor said.

No one wanted to talk on the record.

"I'm basically admitting I'm a flight risk," said one guy. "Would you want that on the record?"


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