Video Shows Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson’s Promoting False Business Opportunity: Ackman

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. (“Pershing Square”) today released a video of Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson speaking at an Herbalife Opportunity Meeting in Lima, Peru on August 17, 2010. The meeting, which was simulcast in 24 other countries, shows CEO Michael Johnson giving his carefully honed pitch to recruit victims into the Herbalife scam:

“Remember, Herbalife’s a gift. You give the gift of Herbalife to people when you get them on the product. You give the people the gift of long-term income when you make them a distributor.”

Herbalife is fundamentally the same company today that it was when Michael Johnson stood on that stage in Peru.

This video is a reminder that the pernicious behavior at Herbalife is not the result of a few “bad apple” distributors as the company has claimed. The fraudulent behavior stretches from the CEO to the Board of Directors to the top distributors and beyond. Herbalife’s compensation plan and financial incentives drive wrongful behavior and consumer harm and allow the company’s fraudulent business opportunity pitch to thrive.

Michael Johnson was right when he said:

“This business opportunity not only can, it will change your life.”

Unfortunately, for the 99% of distributors who earn less than minimum wage from the company and the 86% of distributors who earn $0 from the company, the change in their lives is for the worse.

Video Shows Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson’s Promoting False Business Opportunity

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Video Shows Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson's Promoting False Business Opportunity: Ackman