Billionaire feels ‘lucky’ he didn’t buy Steelers

Pittsburgh Tribune Review – On Oct. 5, philanthropist and hedge fund billionaire Stanley Druckenmiller sat in his New York den, watching the Steelers play in Jacksonville.

Two weeks before, he yanked an offer worth more than $800 million to buy the fabled Pittsburgh franchise, and now the quarterback of his beloved Black and Gold was scrambling to escape the clutches of the Jaguars, en route to a narrow 26-21 victory in Florida.

But during every commercial, Druckenmiller scrambled to a nearby room, where computer screens tracked the daytime tumult of Asia’s financial markets — Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 average crashing more than 11 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index tanking, the Bombay Sensex plummeting.

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