BRIEF-Financier Carl Icahn says has spoken to Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson - CNBC interview

Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:01pm EST

Feb 15 (Reuters) - Icahn Enterprises LP : * Financier Carl Icahn says has spoken to Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson, will

continue to speak with him - CNBC interview * Says won't comment on possibility of tender offer for Herbalife

shares * Says Herbalife a quintessential example of a company that should be taken

private * Says has capital, sees other capital available for a takeover