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- n. Plural form of greenmailer.
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In a strange schoolgirlish way, I was under the impression that elite university dons would teach me how to be a legal $$$ criminal on the level of greenmailers and the like.
The Texas quartet of Ed, Lee, Sid (pictured) and Robert Bass go down as the most infamous of the greenmailers and are credited (or blamed) with starting the "shareholder activism" movement.
The former billionaire has fallen on hard times lately, but in the 1980s he was among the more visible greenmailers around.
Goldsmith was lumped with the raiders and greenmailers of the 80s — Ivan Boesky, T. Boone Pickens, Saul Steinberg, Carl Icahn.
At the same time it becomes a numbers game to a lot of bankers, raiders and greenmailers; it disenfranchises large numbers of people; closes down towns; and sours a lot of people on the system.
The terminology remains the same, but the nature, tactics, and objectives of strategic buyers have little in common with those employed by the greenmailers and corporate bust-up artists of that era.