From Activist Insight
Either way, the data confirms Carl Icahn as the foremost activist investor in the world. The Chairman of Icahn Enterprises and antagonist of Dell Inc was again the busiest activist, with 33 13D Amendments in the last three months, compared to 21 in the same period last year. Starboard Value was the nearest competitor, with 15 13D Amendments in the three months just gone, and nine in quarter three, 2012.
Bulldog Investors currently have several campaigns targeting company bosses. In particular, the hedge fund would like to fire Firsthand Technology Fund’s Kevin Landis, who Phil Goldstein calls a ‘terrible money manager’. However, as Goldstein readily admits, for his campaign to work, the CEO has to lose the confidence of more than one shareholder, no matter how blunt the activist might be.