Rich Handler is taking on Carl Icahn -- in the ice-bucket challenge.
The Jefferies Group LLC chief executive officer filmed a video of himself jumping into an ice-filled bathtub to help raise money and awareness for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He said he was challenged to do it by Daniel Coleman, the CEO of KCG Holdings Inc. (KCG:US)
Handler, 53, names four people to take the challenge, beginning with Tilman Fertitta, the CEO of Landry’s Inc., and Gerald Hassell, the CEO of Bank of New York Mellon Corp. He then moves on to activist investor Icahn, 78, addressing himself to Icahn’s wife Gail.
“Gail, there are a lot of people who want to throw ice on top of him,” Handler says in the video. “I thought that you should have the honor because you deserve it more than anybody.”
Icahn replied on Twitter that he’d get back to Handler “but right now too busy working on BIG deal with another investment banker.”
Handler’s final nomination was the rapper Armando Perez, “yes, Mr. Worldwide Pitbull himself.”
The ALS Association has received $88.5 million in donations since July 29, up from $2.6 million in the same period a year ago, according to a statement yesterday. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
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