The 10 Richest Hedge Fund Managers In The World Today

By on October 15, 2021 in ArticlesBillionaire News

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The past year and a half has been GREAT for hedge fund managers. After taking a temporary beating in the early days of the beginning of pandemic, hedge fund managers have bounced back in a big way. Today, the top 25 richest hedge fund managers are now worth a combined $220 billion. That's up $35 billion from last year.

The biggest gainer in this elite group, for the second year in a row, is Chase Coleman. The 45-year-old founder of Tiger Global Management saw his net worth surge by more than $6 billion over the past year. Tiger Global Management manages $65 billion and has had net average annual returns of more than 20% since it was founded in 2001.

Renaissance Technologies' Jim Simons is the richest hedge fund manager in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row.

Ray Dalio (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images)

The 10 Richest Hedge Fund Managers in the World Today:

#10. David Shaw

Net Worth: $6.8 billion

A former computer science professor at Columbia University, David Shaw founded his quantitative hedge fund, D.E. Shaw, in 1988. Known for using sophisticated mathematical modeling and algorithms, the fund now manages more than $55 billion in assets. Shaw stepped away from day-to-day operations in 2002, leaving an executive committee to oversee the firm.

#9. George Soros

Net Worth: $9 billion

George Soros holds his fortune with Soros Fund Management which manages about $30 billion. He has multiple charitable foundations including the Open Society Institute, Open Society Fund, Foundation for an Open Society, Soros Economic Development Foundation, and Soros Fund Charitable Foundation.

#8. Chase Coleman

Net Worth: $7.4 billion

Chase Coleman founded Tiger Global Management in 2001. His firm is one of the seeded funds of the "The Tiger Fund," financed by his former boss Julian Robertson that was actively investing from 1980 to March 2000. After closing the fund, Julian Robertson decided to use his own capital, experience, and infrastructure to launch 38 hedge funds ("Tiger Seeds") in return for a stake in their fund management companies. Thus, it created Coleman's Tiger Global Management in 2001.

#7. Israel Englander

Net Worth: $3.4 billion

Israel Englander is the founder of Millennium Management LLC, a global investment management firm. In 1977, Englander formed a brokerage house called I.A. Englander & Co where he is still a minority shareholder. In 1989, he established Millennium Management LLC with Ronald Shear. They started out with $35 million in capital from friends and family.

#6. David Tepper

Net Worth: $12 billion

David Tepper founded his company, Appaloosa Management, in 1993. He has donated $7 million to various food banks and gave $55 million to Carnegie Mellon's business school. He owns the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

#5. Steve Cohen

Net Worth: $16 billion

Steven Cohen earned his first significant fortune through the now-closed S.A.C. Capital Advisors. SAC was a Stamford, Connecticut-based hedge fund which mainly focused on equity market strategies. The firm was shuttered in the wake of an insider trading scandal. Today Cohen runs a hedge fund called Point72 Asset Management which for a number of years exclusively managed his own money. It reopened to outside investors in 2018. He also owns the New York Mets baseball team.

#4. Ken Griffin

Net Worth: $22 billion

Ken Griffin founded Citadel in 1990. The firm manages $39 billion in assets. Citadel is the third most profitable hedge fund of all time, behind Ray Dalio's Bridgewater and George Sorors' family office.

#3. Carl Icahn

Net Worth: $20 billion

Carl Icahn formed Icahn & Co. in 1968. Over the decades he took controlling positions in various corporations such as RJR Nabisco, Texaco, TWA, Phillips Petroleum, Western Union, Viacom, Uniroyal, Marvel Comics, Revlon, Blockbuster, Time Warner, and Motorola. His reputation developed as that of a ruthless raider after a hostile takeover in 1985 of TWA. In 2013, he sold nearly 50% of his stock in Netflix for over $800 million in profit. This transaction is said to be one of the largest stock gains in history.

#2. Ray Dalio

Net Worth: $14 billion

Ray Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, which manages $160 billion in assets. In 2012 the company became the largest hedge fund in the world. Ray is one of a very few people who predicted the global financial crisis in 2007.

#1. Jim Simons

Net Worth: $22 billion

Jim Simons is a former teacher who founded the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies in 1982. He's a preeminent mathematician, code-breaker, and he studies pattern recognition. He's also a major philanthropist. Simons is the only hedge fund manager to make the list of the highest-paid for every single one of the 20 years.

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