The cadre of investors that T. Boone Pickens has lined up to finance his threatened takeover of Unocal reads like a Who's Who of "junk bond" financiers, many of whom have made hostile corporate acquisition attempts themselves.
Saul P. Steinberg of Reliance Group, a huge New York financial-services firm. The wealthy Canadian Belzberg family, whose investments are made through their First City Financial firm. Charles W. Knapp, ousted chairman of Financial Corp. of America, who now manages his investments through his Trafalgar Holdings concern. Nelson Peltz of Triangle Industries. Meshulam Riklis of Rapid-American Corp. Gene Phillips of Southmark Corp. Harold Simmons of Keystone.
These investors, all of whom have participated in earlier junk bond-financed takeover attempts, are among the best known of the 139 corporations and individuals identified Wednesday as the backers of the Pickens group's proposed two-step bid for Unocal.
Others on List
Also on the list, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are such well-known names in the financial community as Minneapolis financier Irwin Jacobs, through Minstar Inc., the firm he heads; the family of Roy E. Disney, through its private Shamrock Holdings, and Frederick W. Field, a member of the Marshall Field family of Chicago who now lives in Southern California.