How Bill Ackman Made His Billions

Warren Buffett is a household name. He's synonymous with words like "billionaire" and "value investor." Bill Ackman? Not so much. But while his name may not ring a bell for many investors, the story of how he made his riches is certainly worth telling.

Source: Insider Monkey.

Ackman started life with a silver spoon, born into a well-to-do family in tony Westchester County, N.Y. He started his first hedge fund right out of college but ran into trouble with some bad investments and eventually closed up the fund. But then Ackman made some big bets that paid off handsomely.

More recently, his Pershing Square fund sold its entire stake in a struggling department-store retailer, losing millions and his board seat in the process. He is waging an ongoing war with a nutritional-supplements business, claiming it's an illegal pyramid scheme and shorting the stock by more than $1 billion.

Undoubtedly, his road to riches has been rocky. And we investors can learn several valuable lessons from the life of this extremely controversial, bright, and successful billionaire.

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  • Report this Comment On March 23, 2014, at 8:12 AM, bigjohn327 wrote:

    nicole where is the story?

    Tony westchester county?...I live in westchester county and most of it is not so "TONY"

    It appears you are really impressed with Mr. Buffet and his sweetheart deals

  • Report this Comment On March 23, 2014, at 8:20 AM, bigjohn327 wrote:

    you mention many of ackmans loses but not General growth where he made well over 1 billion in profit and growing via the offshoot company Howard Hughes.

    It also might interest your readers that according to a lawsuit which ackman won against Carl Icahn for breech of contract where Icahn refused to pay ackman money owed on a deal they did.

    I also believe tha Mr Icahn bought his shares after Ackman announced the HLF short position which makes that trade suspicious

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Nicole Seghetti

Nicole is a contributing writer for The Motley Fool. She's worked as a financial advisor and planner for over a decade. Nicole holds an MBA from the University of the Pacific and a chemical engineering degree from Purdue University. She welcomes you to follow her on Twitter.

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