6. Carl Icahn

“You have to learn something … and whatever it is, do it on your own if you can, but learn something better than anyone knows it, no matter what the specialty.”

Icahn spoke these remarks at the commencement ceremony for LeBow College of Business on June 14, 2008.

J-Connection: A native New Yorker, the Queens-born hedge fund manager Carl Icahn was born into a Jewish family. His father was a “dogmatic atheist” cantor and his mother was a schoolteacher.