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December 20, 2002 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
Making good on a pledge to Congress last summer, Global Crossing Ltd. founder Gary Winnick put $25 million into an escrow account Thursday to repay employees for company stock they bought for their pension plan -- shares that became worthless when the fiber-optic network builder filed for bankruptcy protection in January. But his donation didn't sit so well with some, and the payout may not be so simple to accomplish, according to current and former employees.
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BUSINESS
July 11, 2003 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
They say money can't buy happiness. As one Salt Lake City company sees things, it doesn't buy a sense of humor, either. Lawyers for Gary Winnick, the former chairman of Global Crossing Ltd., who made more than half a billion dollars before the onetime Beverly Hills company filed for bankruptcy protection, recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to the publisher of a "Shareholder's Most Wanted" deck of cards. In it, Winnick was the ace of hearts.
NEWS
May 10, 2000 | SUSAN FREUDENHEIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman has donated $40 million for a peace and tolerance institute being built by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem. The Winnick Institute Jerusalem, named for telecommunications entrepreneur Gary Winnick, is projected to cost $120 million and will be designed for a three-acre hillside site by Los Angeles architect Frank O. Gehry.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2004 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Global Crossing Ltd. founder Gary Winnick averted a $116-million verdict by settling a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought by a former business partner moments before that decision would have become official, according to jurors in the four-week civil trial held in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2002 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was after Gary Winnick heard an employee tell a congressional panel that she had lost her retirement savings--all $86,000 of it--that the chairman of Global Crossing Ltd. resolved to shore up his company's sagging employee retirement fund with his own money. At least that's what a Winnick aide said Wednesday, a day after his surprise promise to contribute $25 million to Global Crossing's 401(k) plan.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2002 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
A Global Crossing Ltd. creditors' group asked longtime Chairman Gary Winnick on Wednesday to resign from the telecommunications company he founded and said it may try to tap the billionaire philanthropist's personal fortune to recoup corporate funds. The request, made by a U.S.
NEWS
August 19, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If by some miracle the sailors aboard the disabled Russian submarine Kursk can be rescued, they may well thank a young phone company and its Beverly Hills executives--including one of the wealthiest men in Southern California. The LR5, the manned rescue mini-submarine now being rushed to the Barents Sea from its base in Britain, is operated by Global Crossing Ltd., an ambitious and unprofitable 3-year-old telecommunications company.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2002 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Global Crossing Ltd. Chairman Gary Winnick's pledge to cover the losses of employees who invested in company stock was welcomed by some Tuesday, but others said the surprise gesture would do little to placate angry workers, shareholders and creditors.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2002 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Global Crossing Ltd. Chairman Gary Winnick was directly involved in a frenzied push for sales at the telecommunications firm in 2001--a time when the company was making questionable deals to mask its deteriorating finances, according to documents made public Monday.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2005 | Kathy M. Kristof and Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writers
Gary Winnick narrowly avoided paying a $1-million settlement last year when the Securities and Exchange Commission overruled its staff and decided not to fine the Global Crossing founder for allegedly failing to fully disclose financial transactions involving his telecom firm. Two years earlier, the Justice Department quietly opted not to file criminal charges against Winnick after Global Crossing's spectacular collapse into bankruptcy, which caused $54 billion in shareholder losses.
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