10 Most Famous Hedge Fund Managers of All Time

Hedge Fund Managers

Hedge funds are alternative investment vehicles, generally created as limited partnerships that employs strategies to generate excess investment return for institutions and high net worth individuals. In the modern financial world, hedge funds are an incredible source of investment which help fund managers become billionaires themselves. In this article we will list 10 of the most famous hedge fund managers in the world.

1. Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen was born on 11th June 1956 in New York, United States. He studied from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. When it comes to his popularity that stems from his founding and leadership of the S.A.C. Capital Advisors and the Point72 Asset Management. He is a widely known collector of art and is also considered among some of the greatest philanthropists of today. In 2007, he was ranked 94th in Time magazine for the Time 100 List of most influential people. According to updated estimates, he has a net worth of USD 14.1 billion as of February 2020.

2. George Soros

George Soros

George Soros was born on 12th August 1930 in Budapest, Hungary. He has dual nationalities of Hungary and Unites States which is why he has gained prominence in the American sphere as well. He is an investor and philanthropist. In the estimates taken in February 2018, he had amassed a net worth of USD 8 billion, even after having donating over USD 32 billion to his charity organization known as the Open Society Foundations. He obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the London School of Economics and took up several merchant banking jobs in his early years.

3. James Simmons

James Simmons

James Simmons was born on 25th April 1938 in Massachusetts, United States. He received a Ph.D. from Berkeley and has a Bachelors from MIT. He is a mathematician, a hedge fund manager and a philanthropist due to his popularity as a famous billionaire. He is also responsible for creating the leading hedge fund company the Renaissance Technologies. As of December 2019, he has a total worth of about USD 21.6 billion.

4. Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn was born on 16th February 1936 in New York, United States. He has also remained a Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform from January 2017 to August of the same year, under the presidency of Donald Trump. He is more commonly known as a successful business mogul, investor, and philanthropist. He founded the Icahn Enterprises in which he still holds a controlling stake. This is a conglomerate that has diversified itself into what one could term, immortality.

5. David Tepper

David Tepper

David Tepper was born on 11th September 1957 in Pennsylvania, United States. He is the famous owner of the Caroline Panthers in the NFL. He also owns another franchise in Major League Soccer and is the president of Appaloosa Management. This is a fund which deals with hedge funding and is based in Florida at Miami Beach. According to updated estimates, in February 2020, he was estimated to have amassed a net worth of USD 12 billion.

6. John Paulson

John Paulson

John Paulson was born on 14th December 1955 in New York City, United States. He studied first at New York University and then at Harvard Business School. He founded and heads the renowned hedge fund company known as Paulson & Co. In the field of finance, he is considered a great name and is said to be one of those few people who have gained limitless fortunes from Wall Street.

7. William Ackman

William Ackman

William Ackman was born on 11th May 1966 in the United States of America. He is a Harvard grad and a hedge fund by profession. He founded and leads the Pershing Square Capital Management, another hedge fund in the list of great hedge funds. Ackman calls himself an activist investor although, by some, he is known to act as a contrarian investor. As of February 2020, according to updated worth, he has a net worth of around USD 1.6 billion.

8. Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio

Raymond Dalio was born on 8th August 1949 in New York City, United States of America. He has studied at Long Island University as well as Harvard Business School. As a hedge fund manager, he gained prominence when he established the Bridgewater Associates, which is now ranked highly among the list of hedge fund managers. According to updates, he is now worth USD 18.7 billion, as of February 2020.

9. Seth Klarman

Seth Klarman

Seth Klarman was born on 21st May 1957 in New York City, United States. He has studied from Cornell University and received a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is the founder and chief executive officer of the hedge fund managing company known as Baupost Group, which is based in Boston since 1982. As of May 2019, he is estimated to have a net worth of USD 1.5 billion.

10. Ken Griffin

Ken Griffin

Kenneth Griffin was born on 15th October 1968 in Florida, United States. He studied at Harvard University and is responsible for the establishment and leadership of his investment company known as Citadel. Citadel was founded in 1990 and has AUM of around USD 32 billion. As of February 2020, he is estimated to have a net worth of around USD 12.8 billion.

Top 10 Famous Motivational Speakers Everybody Must Listen

Motivation is something one can never have an excess of, which is possibly why it is also emerging as a probable career path for people. It may be required in the queerest of places, at odd times, to pretty ordinary people. Generally, we do not read too much into it because it is widely available, in this era of technology but with so many sources widely available, it can get a little difficult trying to sift through. Therefore, in this article, we will list down top 10 famous motivational speakers whose words can impact you to come out stronger and perhaps, wiser.

1. Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins was born on 29th February 1960 in California, United States. He is known as a philanthropist, author, life coach, and motivational speaker. He is known to be amongst some of the top professionals in motivation as he does not complicate matters but pins himself down to the ordinary man. He focuses on the basics and tries to extract results from pieces that the audience may find relevant. Amongst a wide number of books that he has authored, one of the most incredible ones is titled ‘Awaken the Giant within’, which is a piece of literature everyone should delve in, at some point in time.

2. Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas was born on 3rd September 1970 in Michigan, United States. He has a Ph.D. in Education Administration from Michigan State University and has previously served as a senior pastor in Lansing, Michigan. As a preacher, he spearheaded a campaign/program to help underprivileged youth. Once, marking his territory in the field of motivational speaking, he established a company to offer education counseling, coaching, and athletic development. One of his renowned pieces of literature includes the book titled ‘The Secret to Success’.

3. Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic was born on 4th December 1987 in Australia. He was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, an unusual disorder that results in the absence of limbs, i.e. legs and arms. Rather than pining over his ill fate as some would term it, he overcame these obstacles and became a source of inspiration for all. He is a determined advocate of remaining unbeaten and marking oneself as unstoppable. Some of his scholarly works include ‘Life without Limits: Inspirations of a Ridiculously Good Life’, and ‘Limitless: Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life’.

4. Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington was born on 15th July 1950 in Athens, Greece. She is the founder of the leading news agency, The Huffington Post and is the Chief Executive Officer of Thrive Global. She has been listed as part of Time’s 100 most influential people as well as the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. She was fortunate enough to receive instant international recognition for her last two books titled. ‘Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being Wisdom’ and ‘The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time’.

5. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey was born on 29th January 1954 in Mississippi, United States. She is a renowned television talk show host, producer, media executive, actress, and philanthropist. Her television show, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ received extremely high ratings in history and as a result of her demeanor in the media, she was framed as the ‘Queen of All Media’. She was also the wealthiest African American of the 20th Century. She has bagged several awards to her name and is an inspiration for overcoming the adverse conditions she was born into, to becoming a world-known figure today.

6. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres was born on 26th January 1958 in Louisiana, United States. She is a comedian by profession, a talk show host, an actress, author, and producer. She hosts one of the biggest shows to date and has been on it since 2003. It is known as the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and she has become a household name, worldwide. She is known as the giver of laughter and smiles, with her show that continues to help, inspire and motivate people to reach their potential by surpassing the constrictions and restraints put in place, by societal norms and diction.

7. Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer was born on 10th May 1940 in Michigan, United States. He died on 29th August 2015 at the age of 75. He was a life coach and motivational speaker, whereby he taught people to help themselves and self-actualize. His first book ‘Your Erroneous Zones’ is considered a likely candidate for the most incredible books of all time. It is estimated that around 100 million copies of this book have been sold to date, and the number keeps rolling. Although his book gained popularity, Albert Ellis regarded his book as the worst example of plagiarism of his book, ‘Rational Emotive Therapy’.

8. Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a Canadian national, who is considered an icon in the world of writing. Until the age of 25, he performed duties as a litigation lawyer, after which he published his book on managing stress and spirituality, known as ‘MegaLiving’. Since then, he has been a part of the motivational sphere and continues to contribute through talks and books, like ‘Who will cry when you die’, another of his all-time greats.

9. Les Brown

Les Brown was born on 17th February 1945 in Florida, United States. He is a renowned speaker, author, former radio and television host, as well as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1976 to 1981. He inspires people through his motto, which also became his catchphrase ‘it’s possible’. Amongst some of his famous publications, ‘Laws of Success: 12 Laws that turn dreams into reality’ is highly ranked.

10. Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar was born on 6th November 1926 in Alabama, United States. He died in 2012 and was an author, salesman and motivational speaker. This quote is considered his life motto, as inserted below:

“You can get everything you want in life if you will just help other people get what they want.” He was instrumental in helping people overcome obstacles and make life worth living. He is best remembered as a man of great inspiration and an icon of power.