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grave-dancer

One who delights in or benefits from someone else's death or misfortune. I'm sure Laura's thrilled that my venture failed—I know she's secretly a grave-dancer.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

grave-dancer

n. someone who profits from or takes advantage of someone else’s misfortune. (From dance on someone’s grave, seemingly in celebration of someone else’s misfortune.) I don’t want to seem like a grave-dancer, but his defeat places me in line for a promotion.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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But even a man who long ago dubbed himself "The Grave Dancer" for his ability to revive moribund properties faces a tough task in trying to turn around the nation's second-largest newspaper publisher, its revenues still in free fall.
And he long ago dubbed himself "the grave dancer" for his skill at reviving distressed real estate properties.
Zell, a Chicago real estate developer and investor, is a self-avowed "grave dancer." As in the case of ITEL Corp., a once troubled company that he now controls, Zell seeks out ailing businesses that he deems worth saving.
In addition to his real estate fortune, Zell, a billionaire who reportedly nicknamed himself the 'grave dancer' because of his knack for snapping up distressed assets, owns the Tribune Company.
Along with Husker Du and the Replacements, Soul Asylum was one of Minneapolis' top acts since the mid-1980s, rising to national prominence in the early '90s with the hits "Black Gold" and "Runaway Train." After making three albums for Twin/Tone, it graduated to a major label, A&M, recording two more albums before moving to Columbia in '92 for "Grave Dancers Union," the quartet's biggest seller.