Just a few weeks ago, Carl Icahn, born and raised in Far Rockaway, Queens, taunted Wall Street rival Bill Ackman on live TV by saying “bullshit” twice and calling Mr. Ackman a “little Jewish boy crying that the world was taking advantage of him.” Needless to say, Mr. Icahn (whose own father was a cantor) plays hardball. Carl Icahn started working on Wall Street in 1968 and has changed the course of corporate governance, forcing companies to act on behalf of, you know, the people who actually own them, a k a the shareholders. In the process, Mr. Icahn has accumulated a $15 billion fortune and been a vigorous contributor to New York’s medical and educational institutions. Mr. Icahn became famous and influential as one of the “corporate raiders” of the 1980s, outsiders who bought their way into hide-bound corporations and threatened upheaval. With the motivation of having his own investors’ money at stake, Mr. Icahn was one of the most successful and influential financiers in the restructuring of corporate America that followed, and he forced—by whatever means necessary, including threats, litigation and public shaming—corporate directors and officers to act on behalf of shareholder interests. Mr. Icahn has engaged in extensive philanthropic activity supporting New York. He built Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. In the Bronx, he started eight charter schools and built a housing complex for single women and children. He is also a trustee and major contributor to Mount Sinai Hospital.