Super Shareholder

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A shareholder or stockholder is an individual or institution (including a corporation) that legally owns one or more shares of stock in a public or private corporation. Here we will talk about a special kind of shareholder called corporate raider. Richard was a corporate raider and womanizer. He was born in “Chicago”, but raised in New York.

Submitted: August 02, 2017

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A shareholder or stockholder is an individual or institution (including a corporation) that legally owns one or more shares of stock in a public or private corporation. Here we will talk about a special kind of shareholder called corporate raider. In business, a corporate raid is the process of buying a large stake in a corporation and then using shareholder voting rights to require the company to undertake novel measures designed to increase the share value, generally in opposition to the desires and practices of the corporation's current management. The measures might include replacing top executives, downsizing operations, or liquidating the company. They are the sharks and the dictators in the shareholder community.

Richard was a corporate raider and womanizer. He was born in "Chicago", but raised in New York. He bought large companies that were on the verge of bankruptcy, broke them up and sold them in smaller parts, at a price that was more than the whole company, for profit. He was attempting to make a hostile takeover of Morse Industries. He had "No Mercy" for the employees of the companies he raided. He always made a "Final Analysis" before acting boldly. He felt no "Primal Fear". He was called "The Jackal" by his peers cause he was an opportunist, and was only interested in "Power". And money of course, big money.

However, an "Autumn in New York" his life changed forever. While he was driving his lawyer's Lotus Esprit luxury car, he encountered a prostitute named Julia at the bus stop, and offered to hire her for the night. Later, he asked Julia to play the role his girlfriend had refused, offering her $3000 to stay with him for the next six days as well as paying for a new, more acceptable wardrobe for her. At the beginning she considered him as an "American Gigolo". But after a few days she realized he was more like "An Officer and a Gentleman". It was a "Breathless" experience for him to spend these six days with her as he was falling in love. He tried to seduce her by putting on some romantic music and candle lights. Then he looked into her eyes and asked her while taking her hand in his at the same time.

"Shall We Dance?"

After the dance they would make love standing up against the "Red Corner" of the hotel room of "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". Richard began seeing Julia in a different light. He began to open up to her, revealing his personal and business lives.

Meeting with the tycoon whose shipbuilding company he was in the process of "raiding," Richard changed his mind. His time with Julia had shown him a different way of looking at life, and he suggested working together to save the company rather than tearing it apart and selling off the pieces. With his business completed, Richard asked Julia to stay one more night with him -- because she wants to, not because he's paying her. She refused cause she was a "Runaway Bride". She didn't want to give him false hopes. He told her he would wait for the "Bee Season" to have his "Days of Heaven" with her. Meanwhile he would be "Miles from Home" on another business trip. At the end of the story he came back to her, and leaped from out the white limo's sun roof and "rescued her", an urban visual metaphor for the knight on a white horse of her dreams.

Before he met Julia, Richard was the typical corporate raider. How do these people think and act? We'll go through it with Richard.

"When you get up in the morning, set your motivations."

It all begins in the morning. A day is like a sprint race, a year is like a track and field. You need a good start to get ahead. Then, keep your advantage to cross the finish line as the winner if possible. Life is like a very long race for corporate raiders.

"Always walk towards open doors. And if they slam shut in your face, kick that sucker in and keep going."

And if after the last door you walk towards a cliff? Keep going! You won't fall; you'll fly. Just don't forget to drink your Red Bull first, cause Red Bull gives you wings.

"I've lived in New York when I've had nothing, and I've lived in New York when I had money, and New York changes radically depending on how much money you have. It's the texture of life."

He started living in the basement floor when he had nothing. Then lived on the last floor when he had money. What changed the most to live in New York for Richard was the view. From the basement to the last floor of a skyscraper is, indeed, a radical change.

But corporate raider is a solitary life. You make a lot of enemies in this profession. At some point Richard felt he needed love and support in his rich but empty life. Now, let's go through how a corporate raider that fell in love think and feel.

"I can't remember that I was ever looking for anything. I was waiting for something to touch me. It's like, I'll be open to it, and see if it moves me. There has to be a "falling in love" moment."

There has to be, or it will be meaningless.

"I would rather be loved than have money and all that other stuff."

All the rich men who gave priority to riches over love say the same thing in their old days. If they had the opportunity to do it again, they would do it differently. Hopefully "You Only Live Twice". You'll get another chance in another life.

"So, goodnight Richard. If you want to keep Julia, don't marry her cause she's a "Runaway Bride".


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