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The ‘best managed pyramid scheme in the history of the world’

William Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management.

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Merry Christmas, Herbalife. Love, Bill
Be glad you're not the CEO of Herbalife right now.

The Cayman Island-based maker of nutritional supplements found itself under attack Thursday night by none other than Pershing Square Capital's Bill Ackman, who conducted an epic 3-hour, 300-slide presentation highlighting what he calls the company's unsustainable business model.

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A day earlier, Mr. Ackman revealed that he had built an "enormous" short position on Herbalife and predicted that the final destination for its stock is $0.

So sure is Mr. Ackman of his position that he promises to donate the proceeds of the trade to charity.

Herbalife's response: "Had our executives been there, they would have been able to tear Mr. Ackman's premises and interpretation of our business model apart."

They've got their work cut out for them, as Herbalife stock is free fall.

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Streetwise editor

Jody White is the web editor for Streetwise. He previously worked as a senior editor at Canadian Business Online and has written for MoneySense Magazine, Maclean's, the National Post and other national publications. More


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