Tougher Than the Rest

No longer does Raider Carl Icahn merely take the money and run

Not so long ago, Carl Icahn looked like just another face in the rogue's gallery of corporate raiders, the types who bad-mouth managers but seldom seem to spend an honest day's work trying to renovate the companies they attack. Yet lo and behold, this widely feared raider is proving a breed apart from the other fast-buck operators. He rolls up his sleeves. Icahn, 51, is a quick learner who is imposing his no-frills ethic on some of the largest and most troubled U.S. corporations. Right now, the unflappable Icahn (estimated net worth: $700 million) is simultaneously juggling three daunting turnaround projects:...

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