Billionaire Philip Falcone told a judge that Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen’s secret purchases of debt in broadband provider LightSquared Inc. had him “turning over rocks” to find out who was behind them.
In early 2009, hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone was living the life of a newly made billionaire. He had started extensive renovations on a $49 million Manhattan mansion once owned by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione. He traveled on a private jet, employed body guards and funded his wife Lisa’s new career as a film producer.
For Philip Falcone, the price of hanging on to his dream of building a wireless broadband network is a new, tougher settlement with U.S. regulators that requires him to admit wrongdoing and bans him from the hedge-fund industry that made him a billionaire.