Forty-three years ago, the two of us met at Harvard Business School and thirty-ﬁve years ago was the beginning of a remarkable partnership — the results of which are tabulated on the opposite page. The end of 2012 marks the end of this partnership and the last letter from the two of us. In terms of ﬁnancial results and as “LUK” would have it, 2012 was also our most successful year. Earnings before tax for 2012 were $1.371 billion, a record.
As the years sped by and we got older, a succession plan became more and more essential. For several years, we argued, explored many alternatives, argued some more and spoke with anyone and everyone we believed worthy of our shareholders’ trust to guide the good ship Leucadia. On March 1, 2013 our succession plan culminated with the acquisition of the Jefferies Group, Inc.