What do you do when you’re a billionaire hedge fund owner facing a possible billion-dollar fine for insider trading? Well, you live life to the fullest while you’re still able to, of course, and when you have that kind of money, you can do pretty much anything.
Instead of flying to space, buying your way into a summer blockbuster, or literally anything else in the world, hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen decided to pay “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” star Guy Fieri $100,000 to be his friend for the day and lead him on a “fantasy episode” of the show throughout Cohen’s native Connecticut. Throughout the day, a bromance blossomed between the two and Fieri agreed to feature Cohen’s favorite hot dog joint, the awkwardly named Super Duper Weenies, on an episode of his show.
While hanging out with a semi-celebrity and turning their livelihood into your personal entertainment for a day is definitely a power move, the awkwardness of Cohen having to actually pay six figures to befriend bottle-blonde Fieri instead of just having his people call Guy’s people trumps whatever cool-factor existed. Not to mention that if you’re going to pay $100,000 to hang out with anyone, why the hell would you pick Guy Fieri when other pseudo-celebrities are available?
Jon Taffer immediately comes to mind. I would without a doubt pay Taffer money to have him yell at me and take my drinking choices, kitchen skills, and life to the next level. For Cohen’s sake, he should have considered picking Mark Cuban. Steve might have to add another zero, but Mark has at least shown significantly more luck in dealing with the SEC.
Ultimately, Cohen’s people deny the report, probably because it makes him sound like one of those “Weenies” he loves so much, but where there is smoke there is always fire. It’s probably a good thing that Cohen likes eating at diners and drive-ins, because he’s probably going to be a lot closer to only being able to eat there soon enough.
[via Page Six]