|Founded||2001 in Birmingham, Alabama by Harbert Management Corporation|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York, USA|
|Key people||Philip Falcone (Senior Managing Director)|
Harbinger was founded by its Senior Managing Director Philip Falcone and Harbert Management Corporation, a Birmingham, Alabama-based investment company that provided much of the original funding. Falcone before that was a former trader at Barclays Capital. Harbinger had funds under management of $26.5 billion (£13.4 billion) as of the end of June 2008. In 2009 Harbinger acquired the majority ownership of its funds from Harbert, although Harbert still handles administrative functions for Harbinger from its Birmingham and New York City offices.
Harbinger has owned large stakes in The New York Times Company, Cleveland-Cliffs and 28% stock ownership of satellite communications company Inmarsat. The company also has owned stakes in rival satellite operators SkyTerra and Terrestar, and British sugar producer Tate & Lyle.
Harbinger is notable for betting against sub-prime mortgages in the United States and the United Kingdom, including HBOS. According to press accounts the assets under management at Harbinger peaked at $26 Billion in 2008 and had declined to approximately $9 Billion as of 2010 due to sizeable investor redemptions with approximately 40% of that total (approximately $3.5 Billion) concentrated in investments related to building a high-speed wireless network in the United States.
The firm's hedge funds include the Harbinger Capital Partners Master Fund, the Credit Distressed BlueLine Fund, Harbinger Capital Partners Special Situations Fund.
Harbinger Capital, which owned all of Russell Hobbs, who's chairman was Harbinger's director of investments, Dave Maura, completed a merger with Spectrum Brands on June 16, 2010 for $661 million and now controls approximately 64% of the appliance maker, Spectrum.
Philip Falcone grew up in a large family and was the youngest of nine children that lived in a 3-bedroom home. Growing up in Chisholm, Minnesota, Falcone was a stand-out hockey player. He went on to play Varsity hockey at Harvard College, graduating with the class of 1984, and then briefly played for Malmo, a Swedish hockey team, which ended after he sustained a career ending leg injury. In 2008, Falcone became a majority owner of the NHL's Minnesota Wild hockey team when he purchased a 40% stake of the hockey team.
In 1997, Falcone married his wife Lisa Maria Falcone. Mrs. Falcone grew up in Spanish Harlem and has an associate's degree from Pace University. She is very active in philanthropic causes, including the American Museum of Natural History and the New York City Ballet. In 2009, the couple reportedly donated $10 million to New York City's High Line project.
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