Carl Icahn is the founder and majority shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a holding company located in New York City. Icahn is a graduate of Princeton University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. Following his time at Princeton, Icahn attended NYU School of Medicine but ultimately dropped out to join the army. Today he is seen as an investment mogul. Icahn has taken large positions in companies like Texaco, Viacom, Time Warner, Netflix, Motorola and Revlon just to name a few.
Throughout his career, Icahn has been quite the philanthropist. Icahn frequently donates to his alma mater in support of a genomics laboratory which is now called the Carl C. Icahn Laboratory at the University’s Institute for Integrative Genomics. Icahn has also focused his philanthropic efforts on Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. For his efforts, Mount Sinai a building Icahn Medical Institute and also renamed the Mount Sinai School of Medicine the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Icahn also has his own foundation, the Children’s Rescue Fund. The foundation is a temporary shelter program for those who need it most. They focus on not only sheltering people but rehabilitating and empowering them as well. In the Bronx you’ll find the Icahn House, a 65 unit shelter for homeless families. CRF also operates Icahn House East and Icahn House West which are both also homeless shelters located within New York City.
For his philanthropic efforts, Icahn has been recognized for the following awards:
- Starlight Foundation’s Founders Award: Man of the Year (1990)
- Guardian Angel: Man of the Year (2001)
- Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association: Honored for his work with charter schools
- 100 Women in Hedge Funds Effecting Change Award (2006)