Activist investor Carl Icahn doesn't shy away from risk or controversy.

He invested in Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) when it was trading below $100 a share at the end of last year; the video-streaming company is now selling for $215 a share -- that's a 210% increase versus the S&P 500's (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) 13%. He's going toe-to-toe with hedge fund manager Bill Ackman over Herbalife (NYSE:HLF); Ackman claims the multilevel marketing company is a Ponzi scheme, while Icahn's amassed a 15.8% long stake in it. He purchased shares of Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK), after the natural gas company's chief executive officer was exposed for a variety of misdeeds. And Icahn has now thrown himself into the middle of the proposed buyout of personal-computer maker Dell (UNKNOWN:DELL.DL). Indeed, like the G.I. Joe theme song, wherever there's trouble, Carl Icahn is there.

With this in mind, I thought it'd be interesting to examine Icahn's largest equity stakes right now. What follows, in turn, is an infographic revealing the famed investor's 10 largest stock holdings as well as the allocation of his company's portfolio by sector. 

Click here to see a similar infographic revealing Warren Buffett's largest holdings and here for George Soros' holdings.

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