Carl Icahn CNBC interview today, check out all the clips below. See Icahn vs eBay prior coverage here.

Carl Icahn, Chairman, Icahn Enterprises, talks about why it’s so important for people who have to give back. He’s on the board of trustees of Mt. Sinai, but admits to not a great board member. He is good at picking people, though, he says.

Carl Icahn video and transcripts below

 

well, you know, i feel that you have to i have go the money back.if it weren’t for this country, i’d still be on the streets of queens.what other country can you do this in? you know, i’ve joined thatgiving pledge. a lot of people say that i’m just a greedy guy and maybe there is some truth to that, but as far as i’m concerned, you know, i owe this country a great deal. why mt. sinai, carl?well, you know, i know ken davis. i’m on the board of trustees,but i’m not a great board member. i’m sort of an obsessive guy.i work all the time, so i haven’t gone to many meetings. i believe my time is better spent actually than just going to meetings where i really have to admit, i don’t understand a lot of the things they do over there. but i am — i think i am good atpicking people. and i was on the interview committee and on the committee, the search committee, when we looked for a new ceo. and i saw ken davis, and i told him that’s the guy you pick. he’s done a great deal to revitalize mt. sinai. he’s done a great job there. and it’s a great institution. and i’m involved with him. i consider him a friend. i don’t see him a great deal, but, in fact, i’m probably going to have dinner with him tonight. and so i got involved with ken and he showed me the great things they’re doing and eric schatt. i believe that the genetics, asimple thing to understand that that is going to be the majorchange, i think, in the world, actually. and in science. when we understand more about genetics.

Carl Icahn, Chairman, Icahn Enterprises discusses his feelings about corporate governance in this country, and why he’s going after eBay & Andreessen. Corporate governance is completely dysfunctional, he says.

response? you know, i mean, do the picture a little bit bigger, joe. you know, i really believe that this country, one of the great problems we’re going to have looking ahead, why we may lose our hegemony, corporate governance, with exceptions, is completely dysfunctional. and i’ve made a great deal of money, and i’m glad you say i know something about biotech and maybe i do know a little bit. but i will tell you this. that the reason i made the money isn’t because i’m a genius. it’secause it’s sort of simplistic. our companies are so badly run in many cases that all you have to do is really — i mean, it’s not simple, but all you have to do is get in there, get involved with these boards, change a lot of the things going on, and you have a much better company. you have assets that will be much more productive for us in society. we would take care of some of the ills. our pension funds are very underfunded today. bernanke, the fed and now yellen cannot just keep pulling us out of the mess we’re in. and one of the major things you have to do is fix these companies. now, i’ve been in a lot of them, as you know, joe. and this is what i like doing. and i think — i though it sounds corny, but i think i am doing some good for america by doing this. and people say, well, you do it just to make money. but i really don’t understand why i do it because, you know, i certainly don’t need any more money. but of all the ones i’ve been in — and i’ve been in a lot — i’ve never seen worse corporate governance than ebay. i’ve never seen somebody like andreessen. i might blame donahoe more than andreessen for making that happen. the company sold skype a year and a half later, they bought it for $2.7 billion and sold it for $8.5 billion. you don’t have to be a genius to understand that there’s something wrong. i remember covering that

Carl Icahn, Chairman, Icahn Enterprises says he finds it hard to believe Microsoft would not have bid for Skype. The idea there were no bidders is a myth, he says.

arl, thank you for joining us this morning. yeah, thanks for having me, ross. real quickly, help us just understand your involvement with mt. sinai. and you’ve given a lot of money away over the years. and i just want to understand your sort of philanthropic philosophy in terms of how you’ve even approached any of this. well, you know, i feel that you have to i have go the money back. if it weren’t for this country, i’d still be on the streets of queens. what other country can you do this in? you know, i’ve joined that giving pledge. a lot of people say that i’m just a greedy guy and maybe there is some truth to that, but as far as i’m concerned, you know, i owe this country a great deal. why mt. sinai, carl? well, you know, i know ken davis. i’m on the board of trustees, but i’m not a great board member. i’m sort of an obsessive guy. i work all the time, so i haven’t gone to many meetings. i believe my time is better spent actually than just going to meetings where i really have to admit, i don’t understand a lot of the things they do over there. but i am — i think i am good at picking people. and i was on the interview committee and on the committee, the search committee, when we looked for a new ceo. and i saw ken davis, and i told him that’s the guy you pick. he’s done a great deal to revitalize mt. sinai. he’s done a great job there. and it’s a great institution. and i’m involved with him. i consider him a friend. i don’t see him a great deal, but, in fact, i’m probably going to have dinner with him tonight.

Carl Icahn, Chairman, Icahn

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