This year, David Einhorn crossed the threshold from hedge fund celebrity to mainstream celebrity, with his purchase of the New York Mets.
He was thrilled: Einhorn had always wanted to own a baseball team, and he happened to buy one that he’d always loved and supported as a kid.
But that’s not the only part of Einhorn’s life that’s awesome…
So prodigious are the poker gifts of the incredibly successful hedge fund manager that he won $660K in a tournament this May. He donated the money to charity.
Einhorn founded Greenlight in 1996 with $900,000 of capital -- half of which was borrowed from his parents. After incredible vision and a series of awesome investments, investors poured into the fund and he now manages about $5 billion.
And a baseball team he has a connection to -- before he moved to Milwaukee when he was 7 years old, Einhorn was a huge Mets fan.
We asked the Greenlight chief whether he still owned a Mets costume he wore on Halloween, 35 years ago.
'That Halloween costume I grew out of a long time ago. The current location is unknown, but if anyone finds it I'd like to have it back!'
Einhorn publicly slammed Lehman's accounting in three different speeches, and declared publicly he was shorting the stock.
He was, in turn, slammed by the press for his anti-Lehman stance. Obviously in the end, he was vindicated. And made bank.
Einhorn got to team up with Michael Lewis to write an awesome feature for the New York Times about the implosion of the financial system, back in 2009.
Their main message: 'Sure, greed played a role, as it always does, but the ridiculous conflicts, self-interest, and short-termism in our system made the current mess inevitable.'