- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is moving his New York hedge fund to Florida next year, according to a report from the New York Post.
- The activist investor had been considering the move for the last couple of years, and he told the staff of Icahn Enterprises a few months ago that the Manhattan office would be closing at the end of March 2020.
- Icahn is offering employees a $US50,000 relocation benefit if they follow him to Florida.
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Carl Icahn is taking his talents to South Beach.
Icahn had been considering the move for a few years, and he informed his employees several months ago that he planned to close the New York offices by the end of March 2020, the Post found.
Employees are being offered a $US50,000 relocation benefit if they decide to join Icahn in Florida, which will be paid in April 2020 for those who make the state their permanant residence.
The investing billionaire has also assured staffers that they will be paid a minimum of what they earned in salary and bonus in 2018 for the following year. Further, anyone who is let go before the end of March 2023 will get an “immediate payment” in that same amount, according to the Post.
Icahn Enterprises has around 50 employees, and more than half, including several lawyers and analysts, are expected to make the move to Florida. One of the primary benefits of relocating to Florida is the state’s competitively-low tax rate. A report from Bloomberg confirmed Thursday that taxes were very much a deciding factor for Icahn.
Icahn is well-known as vocal activist investor who constantly searches for ways to improve the performance of his portfolio companies. He launched a proxy battle in July against Occidental Petroleum over its proposed $US38 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum.
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