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Porsche's financial hackJan 12 2009

I'm mentioned the Porsche/VW financial incident briefly in October, but this is an excellent layman's explanation of what happened.

Porsche's move took three years of careful maneuvering. It was darkly brilliant, a wealth transfer ingeniously conceived like few we've ever seen. Betting the right way, Porsche roiled the financial markets and took the hedge funds for a fortune.

(via capn design)

Update: Not so fast there, Porsche. Bloomberg says that the company may not have the money necessary to exercise those options and realize $24.3 billion in profits.

Volkswagen = world's largest companyOct 28 2008

Volkswagen was briefly the world's largest company in terms of market cap today.

Volkswagen briefly became the world's largest company by market capitalisation on Tuesday as panic-buying by hedge funds desperate to cover losses caused its value to shoot up by up to €150bn.

Porsche revealed that it owned 74% of VW instead of the previously assumed 35%...which caused panicked buying by hedge funds. (via mr)

Cool photos of Volkswagen's new storage facilityMay 15 2006

Cool photos of Volkswagen's new storage facility in Wolfsburg, Germany, basically a 20-story circular parking garage.

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