Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn

Formal First Name
2/16/1936 - present

Carl Icahn is the Founder and Chairman of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company headquartered in New York City. He is one of the most successful and influential personalities on Wall Street. As a leading shareholder activist, his efforts have unlocked billions of dollars of shareholder and bondholder value, improving the competitiveness of countless companies in America. Together with his affiliated companies, Icahn currently owns stakes in various industries, including real estate, telecommunications, transportation, industrial services, oil refining, and manufacturing.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • From 2001 to 2016, Icahn demonstrated an impressive 14.6% CAGR returns vs 5.6% for the S&P 500.
  • He spent the first months of the Trump Administration advising Donald Trump on a regulatory overhaul. He left the position amid controversy.
  • His many charitable interests focus primarily on medicine, education, and child welfare.


  • In recognition of his $200 million gift, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine was renamed the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2012, and the Institute of Genomics the Icahn Genomics Institute.
  • He also funded the Icahn Medical Institute Building at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Institute of Genomics.
  • He serves as a trustee on the boards of the School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital.


  • Icahn established seven Icahn Charter Schools in The Bronx borough of New York City.
  • He endowed the Icahn Scholars Program at Choate Rosemary Hall, which has awarded a large number of scholarships to underprivileged students.
  • He funded the Carl C. Icahn Science Center and Choate Science Building.
  • He sponsored a genomics laboratory at Princeton University, named the Carl C. Icahn Laboratory.

  • Icahn established The Children’s Rescue Fund, which operates two shelters in the Bronx and Manhattan under city contracts
  • He funded the construction of Icahn House, a 65-unit complex created to serve single pregnant women and single women with children.