He didn't sneak into court with a false mustache or with his head covered by an overcoat. But those hoping for some up-close-and-personal insight last week into the secretive owner of Cerberus Capital Management were, of course, disappointed.
Stephen Feinberg, who abhors publicity and shuns photographers and journalists, testified in a Delaware court last week in an acquisition-gone-bad suit against his company. His most revealing comment, as part of a who-said-what-when issue: "I don't remember saying that." And so on.
How much does Feinberg, whose company now owns Chrysler, hate the limelight?
-- An education group once honored his fund raising by making him the guest of honor at a swanky dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. After a speaker paid him homage, according to Fortune magazine, it came time for Feinberg to address the multitude. His remarks — delivered from his table, not from the rostrum: Thank you and good night.
-- According to Conde Nast, Feinberg once shared with a small group of Wall Street investors his philosophy on media relations: "If anyone at Cerberus has his picture in the paper ... we will do more than fire that person. We will kill him. The jail sentence will be worth it." He may have been kidding.