Here Are The Weirdest Things We Learned from the Raj Rajaratnam Profile
6:07 pm, October 24th | by Amy Tennery
After months of silence, Raj Rajaratnam has finally spoken out. In a lengthy profile from Newsweek, Rajaratnam explained what went down behind the scenes of his blockbuster insider trading case — the one that got him sentenced to 11 years behind bars this month.
And while many might be interested in the intricacies of the case, there were a few bizarre details about Rajaratnam himself that we just couldn’t get past.
– Immediately before he was arrested, former Galleon Group head Rajaratnam said he was “on his exercise bike looking out over Manhattan’s Turtle Bay, thinking about how many shirts he would have to pack for his trip to England that day.” So even bajillionaires have incredibly dull idle thoughts. Comforting.
– While he was being interrogated, Rajaratnam told Newsweek he thought to himself “You can’t intimidate me! I’m from Sri Lanka?” We’re not sure if the question mark at the end is a typo or if Rajaratnam really does think like Ron Burgandy reading from a busted teleprompter script.
– His dad was a sewing machine mogul. Huh.
– Rajaratnam is pretty good at spreading the blame around on his case, apparently. He referred to a former Galleon consultant as a “choot” during the interview, which we’re informed is the Hindi equivalent of a four-letter English word that begins and ends with the same two letters. Guess which one!
– Rajaratnam is quoted as calling himself an “underdog” not once, but twice. The Wharton Underdog.
– According to the profile, Rajaratnam’s sister went to an ola-leaf reader and warned him that he was about to be “betrayed by an Indian woman with a mole on her face.” Rajaratnam believes this came true and led to his downfall. Which one of the thousands of Indian women with moles on their faces committed the alleged betrayal remains up in the air.