Outspoken 'Bond King' Bill Gross Leaves PIMCO, the Firm He Started

Bill Gross, founder of PIMCO, did what he does best: shock people.

PIMCO's Bill Gross to Join Janus Capital

"Today, with a mixture of excitement and sadness, I am announcing that I have decided to join Janus Capital Group and end my association with PIMCO," Gross said in a statement. It was not without great thought and deliberation over quite some time that I decided to begin this next chapter."

Here's a sample of his known eccentricities.

1. Eye-Contact

Gross told CNBC that characterization was "unfair." After all, he allowed employees to play rock music at 8 a.m. and he was behind "a conga line to let employees know it's okay to scream and shout and let it all out."

2. The Cat Whisperer

In Gross' newsletter in April, he mentioned his late cat.

3. Erotic Nature of Sneezing

"There’s nothing like a good sneeze; maybe a hot shower or an ice cream sandwich, but no –- nothing else even comes close. A sneeze is, to be candid, sort of half erotic, a release of pressure that feels oh so good either before or just after the Achoo!" he wrote in a newsletter.

4. Not Holding Back

During one investment committee meeting, Gross took issue with a French-born vice president.

"I never understand what you're saying. Ever," Gross said, according to the Wall Street Journal. The next day, that vice president resigned.

5. Gross = The Secretariat

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