Michael Burry Net Worth
Michael Burry net worth: Michael Burry is an American physician, investor and hedge fund manager who has a net worth of $300 million. Burry became widely-known as the founder of Scion Capital LLC. Through Scion, he correctly predicted the 2008 real estate market crash, earning a fortune in the process. Burry was portrayed by Christian Bale in the 2015 film "The Big Short".
Michael Burry was born in New York, New York in June 1971. Burry graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He worked as a Stanford Hospital neurology resident but eventually left to launch a hedge fund in 2001. He named the hedge fund Scion Capital LLC. In his first year of operating, Scion saw a 55% return thanks to wise bets against tech stocks ahead of the internet bubble.
By 2004 he had more than $600 million worth of assets under management.
Subprime Mortgage Bet: Michael would become famous after it was revealed that he made a $1 billion bet against the subprime mortgage industry. Burry actually went to Goldman Sachs and persuaded the financial firm to sell him "credit default swaps" that bet against subprime deals. It was a highly unusual move for such a relatively small fund manager. He began placing bets in 2005. The bet was a loser for a long time. During the period before the real estate market burst, Scion had to make regular payments to cover his swaps. This capital outlay caused his investors to revolt and demand their money back.
Burry was eventually correct. He ultimately earned $700 million for his investors. He earned $100 million personally.
In an April 2010 op-ed piece for The New York Times Burry argued that anyone who carefully studied the financial markets from 2003 to 2005 could have easily recognized the risk in the subprime markets.
GameStop: Another infamous Burry bet has been video game retailer GameStop. In March 2020 Burry revealed he had acquired 3 million shares of GameStop. He then prodded the company's managers with an open letter demanding change. Over the next six months he reduced his position down to 1.7 million shares.
In January 2021, GameStop's share price skyrocketed thanks largely to a coordinated effort of Reddit users. On January 28, 2021, GameStop briefly hit $480 a share. At that level Michael's 1.7 million shares would have been worth $816 million. He likely paid an average of $4 a share when he acquired his stake in 2020.
|Net Worth:||$300 Million|
|Date of Birth:||1971|