Carl Ichan Hires Reporter to Write His Bog

Posted on August 5, 2008

DealBook is reporting that Carl Ichan has hired Thompson Reuters hedge fund reporter Dane Himlton to help write his blog called The Icahn Report.

Carl C. Icahn took his first steps into the Internet earlier this year by beginning a blog. Now he's about to get some help.

The activist shareholder has hired Dane Hamilton, a hedge fund reporter at Thomson Reuters, to work on his Web site, The Icahn Report, according to people briefed on the matter. Mr. Hamilton is expected to contribute original reporting and analysis to the site, augmenting Mr. Icahn's own voluble opinions on the state of corporate America.

Mr. Hamilton will start working for the site this month, these people said. He declined to comment; Mr. Icahn could not be reached for comment.

Wikipedia notes that billionaire Carl Icahn is the 46th richest person in the world so he can certainly afford to hire reporters away from any media outlet. Carl Icahn owns 5% of Yahoo stock and his name was in the media recently when he tried to force a Yahoo-Microsoft deal. Yahoo ended up cutting a deal with Icahn which gave Icahn a seat on Yahoo's board.

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