Maybe what we should have done was not bought it. - Steve Feinberg, co-founder of Cerbrus
Louise Story - NYTIMES
- Aug 8, 2009
They realize not buying Chrysler would have been their best move - brilliant! --Ed.
For Steve Feinberg, the onetime owner of Chrysler, the past year has been a crawl toward defeat. He lost billions of dollars. He lost prestige. He lost his privacy. And he ended up a ward and supplicant of the federal government.
But, even now, Mr. Feinberg, a man who can play a decent game of chess while blindfolded, is hard-pressed to pinpoint many mistakes. Sitting in his office on Park Avenue, far away from the detritus that surrounds Detroit, he grows pensive when asked what he has learned from his audacious and failed effort to privatize and resurrect the legendary and deeply troubled auto giant. I dont know what we could have done differently, he says, crossing his arms on his chest. From the day we bought it, we worked hard to improve it.
He pauses, pondering, as the clock ticks away. Then he shakes his head. We were too optimistic on timing, he says. Maybe what we should have done was not bought it. ... [Read More]