Top 25 Highest Paid Hedge Fund Managers of 2008 ~ market folly

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Top 25 Highest Paid Hedge Fund Managers of 2008

Alpha is out with their list of the 25 highest-earning managers of the past year. The average compensation was $464 million (no big deal), with many of the top managers earning north of $1 billion. These figures were calculated by taking the manager's management and performance fees, as well as gains made on their own money that is invested within their firm. This method of calculation has drawn some criticism, as they include the increase in value of personal investments, which technically could be considered not direct compensation. And, since there is no data on their bonuses etc etc, everyone could really just nitpick the whole ordeal. But, let's not go any further and just take a glance at what they've come up with:

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As you can see, some very well-known and prominent names on this list. In fact, we track many of the above mentioned funds on the blog and have already covered some of their Q4 holdings. Here are the latest equity portfolios:

- John Paulson's Paulson & Co
- George Soros' Soros Fund Management
- Bruce Kovner's Caxton Associates
- Jim Chanos' Kynikos Associates
- Paul Touradji's Touradji Capital Management (Q3)
- David Shaw's D.E. Shaw & Co (Q3)
- Jim Simons' Renaissance Technologies (Q3)

Make sure you also check out the hedge fund rankings as well. Alpha will also be posting the top losers of 2008 and we'll post that up once its released as well.

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