Thursday, April 23, 2009

The banker who said no

A banker who resisted the urge to invest in toxic assets during the boom is cleaning up during the bust. Andy Beal of Beal Bank in Plano, Texas "virtually stopped making or buying loans" from 2004 to 2007, leading people around him to think he was crazy. Now he's buying up loans at fire sale prices and has tripled his bank's assets to $7 billion in the last 15 months, and without government bailout money.

Beal is also known for high-stakes poker games against the top poker players in the world, in which he has lost more than he's won, but occasionally taken for a lot of money (including an $11 million win in one day).

1 comment:

Schtacky said...

There's a very interesting poker book called _The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King_ written about Beal's experiences in the big game at the Bellagio. I would recommend it even for non-poker fans/players. It has quite a bit of insight in regards to Beal in addition to the poker material.