Paul Singer, the activist hedgie with chutzpah
Lindsay Fortado,ft.com

Asked in an interview what he would say if he was writing his own obituary, Paul Singer paused, then shrugged. “He tried to make a difference, he protected a lot of people’s capital over a long period of time, he was steady, he was reliable,” he offered earnestly.

It was a rather tepid description of the man who is giving company executives around the world nightmares, and who has built Elliott Management into one of the most formidable activist hedge funds. But the soft-spoken Mr Singer has never been one for self-promotion — unlike his peers Carl Icahn and Nelson Peltz, who make frequent television appearances.

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