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Monday, April 15, 2013

Top 10 Highest Paid Hedge Fund Managers of 2012

Institutional Investor's Alpha is out with their annual ranking of top earning hedge fund managers.  Here's the list:

Top 10 Highest-Paid Hedge Fund Managers of 2012

1. David Tepper (Appaloosa Management): $2.2 billion
2. Ray Dalio (Bridgewater Associates): $1.7 b
3. Steven Cohen (SAC Capital): $1.4 b
4. Jim Simons (Renaissance Technologies): $1.1 b
5. Ken Griffin (Citadel): $900 million
6. Eddie Lampert (ESL Investments): $750 m
7. Stephen Mandel (Lone Pine Capital): $580 m
8. Leon Cooperman (Omega Advisors): $560 m
9. David Shaw (D.E. Shaw): $530 m
10. Dan Loeb (Third Point): $380 m

Tepper finds himself atop the list after a solid 2012, returning around 30% after fees.  Lee Cooperman's firm also turned in great numbers last year (up around 28%) as did Ken Griffin, whose Citadel returned over 25%.

Of the managers listed, over half make a solid portion of their investments via equity strategies (though Appaloosa also focuses on distressed and Third Point also dabbles in mortgages).  Two managers listed are primarily quant funds (RenTec, D.E. Shaw).  Eddie Lampert's earnings are largely tied to Sears (which his hedge fund owns a large stake in) and shares rallied in 2012.

II Alpha ranks all the way up to the top 25 managers and you can view the full list here.

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