First there were pirates and then there were corporate raiders. This article focuses on high-profile corporate “raider-maverick” and his self-imposed “exile” on the island of St. Kitts. Having left his Tampa “castle,” the business man says that he was motivated by ‘the love of the game’ rather than money. Here are excerpts:
Those around long enough in Tampa Bay might recall disgraced corporate raider Paul Bilzerian as the maverick who made millions and built a 10-bedroom castle with an indoor basketball court in Tampa’s tony Avila community.
Convicted of fraud in 1989, he was sentenced initially to four years in prison and ultimately served 13 months. In 1992, the Securities and Exchange Commission won a $62 million judgment from him for illegal stock manipulation.
Now the Wall Street Journal reports Bilzerian, 64 and with his trademark bushy mustache turned white, lives in voluntary exile on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. Meanwhile — decades later — a receiver for the SEC is still trying to close the case after collecting only about $3.7 million yet spending $8.6 million in the effort to do so, the Journal says. After repeatedly denying wrongdoing, Bilzerian was found in contempt in 2000 by a federal judge, who later ordered him to prison. [. . .] Still, his family continued to occupy the Tampa mansion through the decade as ownership of it shifted among various trusts and partnerships affiliated with his relatives and acquaintances.[. . .]
“Bilzerian now lives with his wife in St. Kitts, leading a lifestyle far removed from his days as a corporate raider,” the Journal reports. “The highest-profile member of his family now may be his 33-year-old son, Dan, a social media star for his videos about his playboy lifestyle who says he has made $50 million playing poker. Paul Bilzerian says he never cared about money. He was motivated, he says, by ‘the love of the game.’ ”
See photo above and additional article “Former Corporate Raider Paul Bilzerian Keeps the SEC at Bay” (THE SHORT ANSWER, WSJ Blog) at http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2014/09/17/former-corporate-raider-paul-bilzerian-keeps-the-sec-at-bay-the-short-answer/