Bill Ackman is an American billionaire investor and hedge fund manager. After graduating from Harvard with an MBA in 1992, Bill founded his first investment firm, Gotham Partners. Gotham primarily invested in public equities, but also participated in a bid for the Rockefeller Center in 1995 (Gotham did not win the deal).
A common theme in Bill Ackman's investing career has been his public battles with fellow billionaire investor, Carl Icahn. Their first feud began in 2003, over a company called Hallwood Realty. When Icahn refused to pay a $4.5 million fee, Bill Ackman sued (and won $4.5 million + interest).
Bill's second feud with Carl Icahn started in late 2012, this time over a company called Herbalife. Bill thought Herbalife's business model was a pyramid scheme, and opened up a short position in the company. A few months later, Icahn challenged Ackman's thesis and purchased over 16% of all outstanding shares. 5 years later, Ackman had sold off his Herbalife short at a loss.
Today, he leads Pershing Square Capital Management. Below is a complete list of the books Bill Ackman has recommended.