Barron's has a tribute to late Sam ZELL by Oscar SCHAFER, Rivulet Capital (2012- ). Sam passed away at 81 on 5/18/23. He was fun loving, fiercely independent, generous, loyal, courageous, and a mentor. In investing, he liked distressed situations and complex structures; he could take control of bad businesses, restructure and grow them and then sell them. He didn’t take himself too seriously, dressed nonconformally, sometimes even writing email poems during business negotiations. (He was a real estate tycoon and was a tough business negotiator – he was called “the grave-dancer” for good reasons) He threw big parties and could talk dirty too. He loved motorcycles (because they were fun, fast, dangerous) and had annual bike tours with friends who called themselves Zell’s Angels.
Schafer provides the personal side in Barron’s Op-Ed. More formal information can be found on the Wiki.https://www.barrons.com/articles/sam-zell-markets-real-estate-life-lessons-8b6fa7d6?mod=past_editions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Zell